According to the Globe and Mail, Canada has started to shift its approach to dealing with Chinese Communist Party government (CCP) last week, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s habitual pro-China policies.
Thanks to a minority government from last November’s Canadian election, the House of Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations has been re-evaluating the relationship with China.
The Special Committee states that the CCP “promotes perspectives of governance, economic security and human rights that diverge in fundamental ways from Canada’s.” It doesn’t believe in elections, the rule of law or human rights, summarized by the Globe and Mail.
The Canadian government failed to reach a free trade agreement with the CCP, which is deemed as “blessing in disguise” by the briefing. While attempting to negotiate a trade deal with China, Canada was not taken seriously. The briefing, according to the source article, also questions PRC’s “long term credibility, as was demonstrated when, in the wake of Ms. Meng’s arrest, Beijing lashed out at the Canadian economy and Canadian citizens.”
The Canadian government also realized that even a multi-national deal would not hold the CCP accountable because the CCP is good at driving wedges and sabotaging developed countries. According to the briefing, the CCP “has deployed variations of this strategy – wielding restrictions on market access and severing diplomatic engagement – against the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Norway and Sweden, among others.”
The Globe and Mail concludes that it took Canada a high stake to finally wake up in face of past and future jeopardies from the CCP. Even though it is late, it is still better than never.