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Climate change is "Made in China," but they get off scot-free. We need to admit one simple truth: handicapping Canadians with a tax will have zero effect on global climate change. However, that doesn't mean we can't exert influence and pursue real solutions.
As China flexes its muscles and embarks on its territorial ambitions, it has quietly tried its hand at influencing the Chinese diaspora abroad. From the much disgraced Confucius Institute to pressuring a Vancouver based Chinese newspaper to dismiss their writer because he consistently produces what the Chinese government considers "Anti-China" content, I am starting to feel the anxiety of Beijing looming over my shoulder. And I don't like it.
We're #3! We're #3!
Because countries often have differing political and economic systems, agreements are needed to protect those invested in trade. Canada has signed numerous deals. Treaties, agreements and organizations to help settle disputes may be necessary, but they often favour the interests of business over citizens.
The perception is that Canada-U.S. relations are piling up with potential court cases and chilling diplomacy. Ignoring or bullying our closest friend and ally to improve our trade with China knowing their political environment and economic system seems quite risky. Does it worth failing our friendship with the U.S.?