Canada-China relations: More evidence of tension

Canada-China relations: More evidence of tension


The CBC’s Evan Dyer is in our Ottawa
Bureau with more on this story so Evan tell us a bit more about what Trudeau
said in that interview? Well, a lot of the interview was focused on the detainees
issues which as any Canadian official will tell you is the number one issue
between China and Canada has been for the past year as well. When it came to
talk about things like free trade and business, Prime Minister
Trudeau made it pretty clear that any progress on any of those fronts are
conditioned on what happens on the other one and his language his tone about
China while still fairly mild compared to the way China speaks about Canada was perhaps a little harsher than some other members of his government in fact
he was specifically asked about a comment by his defense minister that
China is not an adversary of Canada and of course the defense when it was saying
it’s not a military adversary and Trudeau said it is an adversary or
behaving like an adversary in some respects, referring of course to these
detentions and he did seem to pretty much rule out the prospect of any kind
of a free trade deal and of course Canada is proceeding with a free-trade
arrangement which we’re already part of which which deliberately excludes China
so perhaps not that surprising to hear those comments. Now, we said in the
intro that China is reacting angrily tell us a bit more about that? Right not
clear if they were reacting angrily to those comments by the Prime Minister was
something else. In fact, there’s something in their comments that might lead one to
think that it’s it’s about an agreement that Canada signed yesterday so let’s
look first of all at what the foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said
indeed the language is harsher than what we’ve heard in the past he said I wonder
if Canada is too heartbroken for tears. If you pull chestnuts out of the fire
for others, he will end up being the one getting burned. Here’s some advice to the
Canadian side ganging up on China by forming cliques or by linking China with
some other issues will be a waste of time and is doomed to fail so fairly
dramatic language there from Geng Shuang and the phrase forming cliques is an
interesting one to end because Canada did sign yesterday a Memorandum of
Understanding with the United States, joining what is essentially a clique of
10 countries that have agreed to try to counter
the Chinese monopoly on rare earth minerals the kind of thing that we’re
looking at there these minerals are being mined in various countries around
the world some of which are joining this clique I think the Chinese referred to
it as which is a group that brings together countries like Australia
Argentina Brazil Congo and the U.S. and Canada to try to ensure that they will
have access to these very important minerals in the future and the reason
that they are so important is because they include things like tantalum,
lithium the kind of materials that are needed to make the most modern
technologies like electric car batteries cell phones, microprocessors, and so on and right now China has a worrying stranglehold, if you like, on that market and in fact
earlier this year we interviewed the Japanese ambassador about Japan’s
difficulties when some of its citizens were held prisoner in China for an
extended period and during that conflict ,in fact, the Chinese did cut off the
trade in rare earth minerals to depend causing some major pain to Japanese
industry and forcing the Japanese to look for other sources and it appears
that Canada in the US are doing the same partly in response to hints by China
that it might bring rare earth minerals into its trade dispute with the United
States that it might use them to try to get leverage and on another front China
was also pushing back pretty hard on Canada in recent days with the Chinese
consulate in Vancouver equities report by The Vancouver Sun looking to recruit
Chinese Canadians into what it calls a volunteer core who would defend the
rights of Chinese citizens in Canada rather where it says incidents
of injury illness disappearance detention fraud and so forth remain
frequent and it said that the role of these citizens would be to construct a
system for overseas Chinese peace and we know that some Canadian citizens do
appear to have travelled to Beijing to take part in training and receive
diplomas and now as volunteers of that Chinese embassy or Chinese consulate
volunteer corps.

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