Welcome to The National Today, which takes a closer look at what's happening around the day's most important stories. Sign up here under "Subscribe to The National's newsletter," and it will be delivered directly to your inbox Monday to Friday. Deal or no deal? Officially, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to China is about "strengthening" Canada's trade relationship with the world's second-largest economy. But expectations were that the real purpose of the four-day trip was to announce the start of formal free trade negotiations. Things have not gone according to script, however. A meeting between Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing today dragged on much longer than anticipated, and ended in a very low-key fashion. No joint announcement, no news conference, and perhaps no progress. A meeting Monday between Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, ended with no joint announcement on trade. (Fred Dufour/Reuters) It's not clear what the hiccup is, but many observers still believe a trade deal with China is a matter of when, not if. After all, the two countries have already held four rounds of exploratory talks over the past year. Canada is trying to become the first G7 nation to secure a bilateral trade deal with China — a move that contrasts with America's attempts to tear up such agreements under Donald Trump. Here are some numbers to keep in mind: $14.8 trillion: China's annual GDP vs. Canada's $2 trillion. 1.382 billion: China's population. Canada is home to 35.1 million. $45.988 billion: Canada's trade deficit with China in 2015. We exported $19.66 billion worth of goods and services, while importing $65.65 billion. 2: China's rank as a Canadian trading partner, behind only the United States. Back in 1997, when bilateral trade was worth only $8.7 billion, China ranked 4th. Canada is trying to become the first G7 nation to secure a bilateral trade deal with China. (Fred Dufour/AP) $12,936.70: Average annual wage in China in 2016. Up from $4,773.46 in 2007. $49,504: Average annual wage in Canada in 2016. Adjusted for inflation, the figure has barely budged since the 1970s. 11: The number of countries China