Ottawa, Ontario January 12, 2021
Justin Trudeau and the China Question
In order for Canadians to flourish, it is necessary that Canada protects its national security by providing protection from terrorism and foreign control, and also by providing economic security.
Justin Trudeau is undermining these two critical requirements by pushing closer ties to communist China.
He apparently believes that his openness to China will result in a positive response from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He is grievously mistaken. China has no friends. Its government wants to dominate the world economically, politically and militarily.
China knows that Canada is the weakest link in the western world with a mere 37 million people to defend its natural resources from approximately 1.39 billion Chinese. Canada also has western education, scientific intelligence, and technology which China wants and is prepared to pay out billions, even trillions of dollars, to obtain.
Because of this, China has obtained pervasive influence in Canada by infiltrating Canadian universities, corporations, and government agencies.
In June 2017, China passed a law called the National Intelligence Act, which requires all Chinese citizens and companies to be legally obliged to turn over any information or data to the communist regime upon request. This law has been used by China to gain influence and control in Canada.
China’s attempts to influence Canada include the following:
- China’s largest state-owned investment fund, Chengdong Investment Corporation, is one of the largest investors in a company that the Canadian government uses to collect and process personal information from visa applications. These visa applications provide fingerprints, photos, biographical information and other personal data. This information allows China to obtain control over individuals living within our borders once they have settled here.
- China wants to control the Canadian construction industry and offered to purchase Canada’s third-largest construction company, AECON for $1.5 billion by the Chinese state-owned construction company, China Communication Construction Company (CCCC). By purchasing AECON, China would have controlled the Canadian construction industry by underbidding its competitors because of unlimited financial backing from the Chinese government. The Liberal cabinet reluctantly blocked the purchase of AECON.
- In May 2020, the Chinese Shandong Gold Mining Company Limited, announced a deal to purchase the Hope Bay gold mine in Nunavut for $250 million. The mine is situated near a highly strategic shipping route connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, moreover, gold plays a significant role in certain nuclear-related operations. However, due to pressure from the opposition, Conservatives and NDP, intelligence sources, and the alarmed public, the Liberal government was required to review the sale under the federal Investment Canada Act. This review determined that the sale would be a national security risk. The government reluctantly withdrew its approval for this purchase.
- The Chinese government requested that its telecom giant Huawei participate in building Canada’s 5G wireless networks by supplying its equipment. Huawei, however, has close ties to the Chinese military. The Trudeau government has refused to make a decision on the Huawei deal, despite the fact that on November 18, 2020, the opposition parties passed a motion demanding that Huawei’s offer not be accepted for national security reasons. This delay has enabled the federal Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to give $7 million to Canadian researchers to assist in carrying out research on projects in collaboration with Huawei.
- Multiple needy/greedy Canadian universities (nine in total) have entered into partnership arrangements with China worth billions of dollars to develop surveillance technology and intelligence data. To further these partnerships with the universities, China has enrolled Chinese defence scientists, graduate students, and visiting scholars to enable them to obtain information to pass on to China.
- In 2018 Canada permitted the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to participate in cold weather manoeuvres at the military base in Petawawa, Ontario. This agreement was initiated in August 2013, under the Conservatives which was prior to the rise of China’s current president Xi Jinping, whose rise to power marked a new, more aggressive China. Under this agreement, Chinese military leaders were also invited to attend military strategic studies in Kingston and Toronto.
Because the Chinese government retaliated in December 2018 to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an executive of Huawei, for extradition to the U.S. by incarcerating two Canadians in China, Canadian General Vance, Chief of the Defense Staff, cancelled the 2019 winter exercises with the PLA. This caused alarm at the highest level of Global Affairs Canada, whose officials objected to General Vance’s decision because they believed that the unilateral decision by General Vance could be interpreted by China as “unhelpful” and could also damage Canada’s long-term relationship with China.
Prime Minister Trudeau demanded that, henceforth, the Canadian military not cancel any more arrangements with the PLA except with his express permission.
- Although General Vance cancelled the military manoeuvres at Camp Petawawa in 2019, he did allow the Canadian Armed Forces to participate in the October 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan, China. During the games, which was a propaganda coup for Beijing, a military march was scheduled to take place in front of a dais on which Chinese president Xi Jinping and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un were standing. Germany, South Korea, Finland, France, Greece and countless other countries ignored the dictators when they marched past the dais, refusing to salute them. The U.S. troops did not even march, but sauntered unenthusiastically past the dais, pointedly ignoring the two dictators. Australia refused to march in the parade altogether.
The Canadian military, however, were ordered by their superiors to march past the dais in close military formation and to smartly salute the two dictators. The Canadian troops did so as if their lives depended on it, to Canada’s everlasting shame.
It is reasonable to conclude that the Trudeau government maintains a uniquely pliant and yielding attitude toward China’s ruthless expansion in this country. We know from the presence of China in other countries that its increased power and control will lead to Canadians having to conform to China’s standards of behaviour. China has influenced policies in these countries, where it has gained an upper hand to restrict family size, alter education on values, prohibit the transferring of family values to children, and weaken religious observance. We cannot allow this to happen here.
Where does Trudeau’s approach to China leave us? Utterly vulnerable.
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