Canada-China, the time of the Ice Age

Analyze. China won’t tremble, but Canada appears to be waking up. After almost three years of acute diplomatic crisis related to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, former number two of telecommunications giant Huawei, at the request of the American judiciary in Vancouver in 2018 and the detention by China of two Canadian nationals in retaliation, the case is settled ” peaceful “ in September 2021 indicated a loosening of relations between Beijing and Ottawa. But a change in tone, and even more so in Canada’s strategy, in relation to the Middle Kingdom reignited hostilities.

Proof of that frigid atmosphere, while the Chinese president uses his return to the international stage at the G20 summit in Bali to fill his one-on-one agenda with foreign leaders, Xi Jinping has not deigned to become an official organize meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A heated altercation between the two men on Wednesday, November 16, on the sidelines of the summit, filmed by television cameras, revealed the state of tension in their relationship.

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, seen as Justin Trudeau’s likely successor, has outlined the outlines of this new Canada-China relationship that is irritating Beijing. In an Oct. 11 speech at the Brookings Institute, a Washington think tank, in which she ushered in the era of rapprochement between democratic countries and authoritarian regimes that has been underway since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Chrystia Freeland called on democracies to be economical to unite to resist autocratic regimes.

“Insurance Against War”

Citing Vladimir Putin’s Russia, but also China and its diplomacy “of the wolf”who “also skillfully and voluntarily instrumentalizes its economic ties with us to further its geopolitical objectives”she has taken the virtues of on board “Friendshoring” (“Friendship” in French text), a term proposed by United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to emphasize democracies’ interest in strengthening their respective supply chains in order to break free from the influence of authoritarian regimes. “Since 1989 we have reaped the fruits of peace. Now it’s time to get war insurance.”, she assured.

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“Ottawa finally understood that it is necessary to abandon all illusions about Xi Jinping, it is a salutary realization because this regime only knows the language of firmness.”, welcomed Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s ambassador to China until 2016. This firm language, advocating “decoupling” from China, has quickly materialized. The Canadian government ordered three Chinese companies to withdraw from the rare minerals industry in Canada before announcing the move on behalf of the Canadian government “National security”want to restrict foreign investments in this sector in the future.

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