Tuesday, January 02, 2018

How can democracies counter China’s growing clout

Canada must adjust its policies of engagement with China by building upon the knowledge that is accumulating globally 

China is on a mission to provide an alternative to the liberal-democratic order that has underpinned international relations since the end of the Second World War, an order in which Canada is a proud participant. 

Amid uncertainty over the future of the North American free-trade agreement and U.S. global leadership, it is only natural that Ottawa would seek to deepen its relationship with China, the world's second-largest economy and an increasingly important player in international affairs. But as recent cases in Australia and New Zealand have made clear, it is time Canada started paying closer attention to the potential costs to our democracy of engaging authoritarian China, a country that is led by the most successful communist party in history. 

My article, published today in the Globe and Mail, continues here.

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