OTTAWA, ON (Dec. 4, 2017): The increasing "weaponization" of Chinese commerce to elicit geopolitical submission, should be considered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his current trip to China, writes Macdonald-Laurier Institute Munk Senior Fellow Shuvaloy Majumdar:
"China is a nation that is guided not by the thoughtful pragmatism of a promising superpower, but the calculated cynicism of an insecure state. Collectively, we should be reminded to see China as it actually is, and not as some may wish it to be.
"Free trade with China, which Ottawa continues to pursue with a dogged determination, is being marketed as a panacea to alleviate virtually everything that ails modern Canada, from sluggish economic growth to traditional insecurities of 'American dependence.'
"The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has published a series of articles in its 'Dragon at the Door' series to explore different aspects of China's rise. An honest guide is needed to the unflattering truths of a country whose reputation Canada’s present leaders insist on shielding as they tighten bilateral ties."
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Shuvaloy Majumdar is a Munk Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
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