Climate, China, Buy American to dominate Biden bilateral with prime minister Tuesday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday

"The President will highlight the strong and deep partnership between the United States and Canada as neighbors, friends and NATO Allies", she said.

Biden will play host to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday for the first bilateral meeting of his presidency, but he will do it virtually.

Both the White House and the prime minister's office said the two leaders plan to discuss the close economic ties between their countries.

"Certainly we expect the prime minister to raise it and the president is ready to discuss it", the official said. White House officials said that they are still trying to offer a touch of stagecraft for the meeting.

Also taking part were US Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, along with their Canadian counterparts.

While Biden has had at-times lengthy calls with several foreign leaders, the meeting with Trudeau will also extend to lower-level meetings between Cabinet ministers.

The session will take place Tuesday, with the two leaders expected to tackle climate change and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported. The virtual meeting will allow the two "to review joint efforts" on matters such as COVID-19 and climate change, according to a White House statement issued Saturday.

It was unclear whether Trudeau would again raise with the Democratic president the idea of allowing Canada, which is struggling to vaccinate its population, to buy vaccines from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's manufacturing facility in MI. Canada is now receiving doses from plants in Europe.

In his remarks before their meeting, Mr. Biden also said that he saw Mr. Trudeau as an ally in his effort to resurrect the strength and image of democracy worldwide. But Biden for now remains focused on first inoculating the US population, according to the senior administration official.

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Trudeau said last month Canada will seek exemptions to a US effort to ensure federal agencies buy American-produced goods.

Trump, who recategorized Canada and other United States allies as competitors, had a sometimes tense personal relationship with Trudeau.

Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in China following the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada after the US requested her extradition to face charges that the Chinese telecom company executive committed wire and bank fraud and violated USA sanctions on Iran. She denies the allegations.

The two leaders will also talk about China, where Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been detained for more than two years.

The two countries are in a shared standoff with China after Canada's detention of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies on a US arrest warrant. The long-disputed project was supported by Trudeau and projected to carry some 800,000 barrels of oil a day from the tar sands of Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Trudeau thanked Biden - who has put the United States back into the Paris climate accord on reducing global carbon emissions - for his policies on global warming.

Maryscott Greenwood, the chief executive officer of the Canadian American Business Council, said the Prime Minister's Office would do well to imagine Donald Trump is still in the White House.

"Of course, the prime minister will bring up whatever he would like to bring up, as is true of any bilateral meeting".

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