June 13, 2024
It's time to play hardball with Chinese aggression
Together, Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand could create enough economic damage to convince China to back off
Together, Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand could create enough economic damage to convince China to back off

How dare China snub the prime minister, and therefore the people of Canada, by refusing to meet with our officials until the government drops valid extradition proceedings against a Chinese telecom executive?

And how dare China incarcerate two Canadian citizens for months, then damage our economy by reneging on canola contracts, which were worth $2.7 billion last year?

How? Because it can and because China is a bully.

The prime minister has dithered for months since China began damaging our economy, but should consider the following actions:

Canada must continue to make clear it will not abrogate its extradition treaty obligations, and join forces with other victims of Chinese aggression, such as the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. What’s needed is an alliance: The four would agree that if one were unfairly attacked, the others would support one another’s trade complaints to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and, in extreme cases, undertake joint retaliatory measures.

So far, the government has dallied but asked the WTO to demand that China deliver evidence that Canadian canola is contaminated, and secured a meeting on June 20 with U.S. President Donald Trump. Similar summits should be arranged with Australia and New Zealand, both of which have banned Huawei (at the urging of the U.S.) and been damaged. Australian coal shipments have been delayed at major ports in China, and Beijing has unofficially urged tourists to boycott New Zealand.


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