Expert Canada needs to reconcile contradictions in policy toward China

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2021-05-23

CanadashouldreconsideritsapproachtowardChinabecausewhileitisreapingthebenefitsoftradewiththeAsiannation,itallowsitsdeferencetotheUnitedStatestounderminetherelationship,,ononehand,wehaveanempiricalrealitythatsuggeststhatwehaveaworkable,functional,,wehaveasecurityagendathatssuggested(that)undernocircumstancesshouldwenotonlynottrustChina,weshouldntevenbeworkingwiththem;weshouldbede-linkingfromtheireconomy;weshouldtreatthemasasecuritythreat,saidDavidCarment,aprofessoratCarletonUniversity(and)playbothsides,saidCarment,whospokeatarecentweowingthesecuritydiscoursedominateandskewourforeignpolicychoicesintoavenuesthatareultimatelycounterproductive,lfoftheUnitedStatesinDecember2018,sstuckbetweenpartisanpoliticsontheonehandandpursuinginterest-basedforeignpolicyontheother,sbeingdominatedbygroupswhoclearlyseethattheressomeadvantageinsecuritizingourforeignpolicyvis-à-visChina,,Canadahasalwaysbeeninterestedintradediversification,sbeenastatedgoalofallCanadiangovernmentsthasputeswithmorepowerfulcountriesatitsownexpense,scurrentrelationswithChinacanreallyonlybeinterpretedthroughthelensoftheUnitedStates,veseenanexampleofthatthroughthearrestofMengWanzhou,,herdetentionisrelatedtoAmericaneffortstoweakentechnologicalcapacitywithChina.…IfyoulookatthelargergeopoliticalproblemsthattheUSfacesfromChina,,CanadasawitsexportstoChinaincrease,,CanadastradewiththeUSdiminishedinpartbecauseoftheclosureofitsborderduetotheoutbreak.。