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02/06/2019 07:45 EST | Updated 02/06/2019 16:45 EST

HuffPost Canada 'Backbenchers': Why Trudeau's Big Reset With China Has Collapsed

Let's take a look at how we got tossed into this mess in the first place.

It's been just over two months since Canada arrested a high-ranking Chinese technology executive in Vancouver, a move that kicked off a diplomatic spat with China that has involved heightened rhetoric, counter-arrests, accusations of white supremacy and even a death penalty.

Shortly after Huawei Technologies' Meng Wanzhou was arrested — at the request of the U.S. — China fired back by detaining two Canadians in the country and reportedly holding them in cells that had lights on 24 hours a day.

And then, because none of this was hard enough, our now former ambassador to China — you know, the person supposed to help sort things out over there — got fired after he spoke out on the explosive issue not once, but twice.

And if you feel like this is all too much to process, buckle up: one international relations expert says the Canada-China dynamic might get even worse.

On the latest optimistic episode of "Backbenchers," HuffPost Canada's biweekly snapshot of Canadian politics, we explore how Canada got tossed into this mess, why our former envoy got canned and how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's big "reset" with China has gone down the drain.

Watch the latest episode embedded above or click here.

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