EDITORIAL: What’s next in dealing with China
When the two Michaels returned to Canada, our nation collectively breathed a sigh of relief.
Their family, colleagues and many thousands of Canadians who had never met them but took an interest in their plight, were elated to see them return and step foot on Canadian soil once again.
Make no mistake about it though: This low point in Canada’s relations with China is not over. Far from it.
Public opinion polls show that Canadians view the current Chinese authoritarian government with very low regard.
Both current Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and former leader Andrew Scheer have also been right to champion other measures for us to decouple from China. That includes leaving the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, an entity put together by the Communist government in an attempt to rival and replace institutions like the World Bank and IMF.
Perhaps one of the most important things we can do though is to simply pay attention to what Chinese leader Xi Jinping is saying and doing, and open our eyes to the authoritarian leader’s agenda.
Just the other day, the Chinese Communist Party rewrote its formal history to place Xi alongside Mao as “a transformative leader”. This is a rare move that paves the way for Xi to remain as leader for life. “The move furthers the cult of personality Xi has sought to build in his eight years in power,” explains a story that appeared in Postmedia publications.
This comes after he continued to make threats towards Taiwan, an issue which many military strategists say could push us into a global war.
It’s great the two Michaels are book, but we still need to reflect on what’s next in dealing with China.