Question of government’s China strategy looms as attention turns to G20 meetings


Canada is dealing with a key check of its China strategy, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ready to come face to face with Chinese chief Xi Jinping on the upcoming G20 meetings in Indonesia.

Questions about Canada’s stance on Beijing — that are anticipated to be articulated extra clearly in an upcoming launch of an Indo-Pacific strategy doc — adopted Trudeau as he started a tour of Southeast Asia, together with a number of days at a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia.

The opposition has additionally criticized the prime minister over stories that China sought to sway the 2019 federal election.

“It’s long gone time for the Trudeau authorities to come ahead with a sturdy plan to counter Beijing’s international interference operations right here on Canadian soil,” mentioned Conservative international affairs critic Michael Chong and Quebec lieutenant Pierre Paul-Hus in a press release.

Asked by reporters concerning the difficulty throughout a closing press convention on the ASEAN summit in Bali, Trudeau mentioned Canadians needs to be assured concerning the integrity of elections.

“But of course, we’re at all times going to interact with leaders in ways in which spotlight issues of Canadians to arise for our values and underscore preoccupations that Canadians have about issues occurring on the earth,” he mentioned.

Trudeau would not say concretely whether or not he would increase the difficulty if he talked with Xi. The two are anticipated to sit shut collectively, as seating preparations are sometimes by alphabetical order.

“As at all times, I’ll increase points of human rights, points of issues that preoccupy Canadians with any and all leaders that I interact,” Trudeau mentioned Sunday.

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Xi attended final 12 months’s assembly of the G20 just about, so the 2 leaders didn’t cross paths on the occasion, which came about simply over a month after Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor returned house from detention in China.

Trudeau was equally obscure on questions on whether or not he or Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly would meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Russian President Vladimir Putin is not going to be attending the assembly.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Xi are anticipated to meet for face-to-face talks Monday, forward of the beginning of the G20 meetings.

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor arrive in Canada with Canada’s ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, September 25, 2021. The Michaels had been in detention in China for over 1,000 days. Many thought of it a retaliatory detention towards Canada for responding to a U.S. request for extradition of Huawei government Meng Wanzhou. (Government of Canada)

In a speech earlier this week, Joly labelled China as an “progressively disruptive” drive on the world stage. But she argued there would even be moments when collaboration is critical.

“We will problem China once we ought to, and we’ll co-operate with China once we should,” she mentioned. Joly has cited local weather change, well being and denuclearization as key areas of engagement.

Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne has moved on China when it comes to his portfolio, looking for to prohibit China’s affect in Canada’s vital minerals business. Earlier this month the federal government ordered three Chinese corporations to promote their stakes in Canadian mineral enterprises.

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Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne tells Rosemary Barton Live that it is in Canada’s finest curiosity to construct resilient provide chains and that there wants to be a ‘decoupling’ from China and regimes that do not share the identical values.

“I’ll apply intense scrutiny and I’ll block any transaction — any transaction — that I do not discover to be within the nationwide curiosity of Canada,” Champagne instructed CBC chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton.

Champagne additionally recommended “decoupling” from China throughout a convention in Washington, D.C., final month. In dialog with Barton, he framed that concept as half of a push to commerce extra with nations whose values align with Canada’s — the “friendshoring” idea advocated by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Chong, the Conservative critic, has mentioned the federal government has a scattershot coverage on China.

“We’ve had so many iterations of what the government’s China coverage is, it is even brought on confusion amongst our allies,” he instructed CBC’s The House in October.

Trudeau was additionally requested Sunday about whether or not he would increase the difficulty of China’s detention of Uyghurs and different largely Muslim ethnic teams within the western area of Xinjiang.

The House of Commons handed a movement condemning these actions as genocide, however cupboard both abstained or was absent from the vote.

Trudeau mentioned Sunday that it is crucial to take acts of genocide “extremely critically” however that “the designations of genocide want to be made by correct worldwide authorities.”


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