It was a silent move that spoke loudly of Canada’s anger over China’s latest aggressive acts against Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave China President Xi the cold should … literally … at the G-20 roundtable in Osaka.
Although the two leaders were seated next to each other, by virtue of our countries’ alphabetical positions, Trudeau ignored Xi … didn’t look at him, didn’t talk to him … not even a “Hello”, as the two sat down.
Canadians should not under-estimate the significance of such a slight in Chinese culture … a snub to the leader-for-life of a major world power, with the world watching.
Xi knew he was being “dissed” … losing face in public … and could not help glancing … I thought forlornly … at Trudeau, or more accurately, Trudeau’s side and part of his back.
But Trudeau/Canada must do a LOT more than that to let Xi/China know its bullying tactics directed against Canada not only WON’T work, there will also be a PRICE TO PAY for China and Chinese businesses exporting to Canada.
In its snit over Canada’s lawful arrest in Vancouver of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, on an extradition warrant issued by the US, China has so far: arrested two Canadian businessmen working in China; upped the court sentence of another Canadian convicted of drug smuggling from 15 years in prison to the death penalty; banned the import of canola seeds, then added pork and later beef as well from Canada … severely hurting many Canadian businesses/exports; and, last week had two fighter jets buzz two Canadian navy ships sailing in international waters.
Trudeau turning his back on Xi is not enough.
Dictators and bullies … like Xi, Putin, Kim Jung Un, Trump … do not respond to talk: the ONLY time ANY of them have ever pulled back from their intimidation or aggression is after THEIR countries have also felt enough of the same type of pain/damage they’ve inflicted on others.
Even that can take time … a long time. But to do nothing … except chide them, ask others to intervene, or turn our backs on them at conferences … will accomplish nothing.
There IS a better way.
” China sold almost $70 billion worth of goods to Canada in 2017, mostly consumer items, more than three times what Canada sold to China, mostly raw materials. China makes more money off us than we do off it,” reported Maclean’s Magazine a few days ago.
Think about that: “China makes more money off us than we do off it.”
Canadian consumers and Canadian companies are GREAT customers for China.
I could certainly understand that, only months before the federal election, Trudeau would not want to impose tariffs on cell phones, electronics, computers etc. from China: many consumers would not be happy.
However, we also import from China BILLIONS of dollars worth of clothing, toys, games, furniture and even agricultural products … ALL of them easily replaceable by similar goods from other countries, friendlier to Canada and anxious to expand their exports to us.
Surely, Canadian inspectors could EASILY find flaws in their quality or paperwork … just as China’s inspectors have done with ours.
Or how about China’s steel and iron? Their quality or dumping policies are both certainly easily questionable … and cutting back on those imports would actually help Canadian producers!
ACTION is needed to make Xi/China take notice that, Yes, Canada is a smaller power, but as others have found out, very capable of dishing it out against foes/aggressors who try to harm or bully us.
All it takes is a Prime Minister and a government with the backbone to act.
And what better time to announce ACTION than this coming week. … after our July 1 celebrations.
Happy Canada Day!
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