Canada calls for ‘united front’ against China — Analysis
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has urged Western “capitalist democracies” to band together to prevent Beijing from taking advantage of their infighting over the profits from China’s growing markets.
Trudeau, in an interview that aired Saturday on Global television, stated that Western countries should “be better than the rest.” “do a better job of working together and standing strong so that China can’t… play the angles and divide us one against the other.”
“There’s been a bit of competition, amongst friends, because we are capitalist democracies… especially given the extraordinary economic opportunity of the rising Chinese middle class,” he said, all but admitting that economic benefits outweigh the West’s publicly stated concerns about China’s alleged human rights abuses and “coercive” behavior.
We’ve been competing and China has been from time to time very cleverly playing us off each other in an open market competitive way.
Trudeau stated that Canada should continue working with China on certain global issues such as the climate change. But in order to compete with China economically, all “like-minded countries”Should pull together, coordinate and “show a united front,”He stated.
Canada’s already sour relations with China hit a new low this month, after Ottawa joined the US-led diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. Trudeau, echoing Washington’s rhetoric and Canberra’s accusations of China. “repeated human rights violations”Beijing issued a harsh response to Beijing after it was accused of mistreating Uyghur Muslims.
“Clinging to Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice, Canada and a handful of western countries interfere in the internal affairs of other countries under the pretext of human rights in an attempt to disrupt and contain their development process,”Back then, the Chinese Embassy in Canada spoke out. “Canada is simply not qualified to be ‘a human rights preacher’ and is certainly in no position to judge China on this front.”
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