John Robson: China’s government is not Canada’s friend
The Chinese government is not Canada’s friend. It is a hostile, aggressive ill-mannered power and should be treated as such, as politely as possible but as firmly as necessary.
We know it. And they know we know it. So if we pretend otherwise, to “facilitate business” or “to get along,” that is, from greed or fear, they have induced us to become complicit in our own defeat and degradation. It won’t make us rich, it won’t make us safe, and it’s disgraceful.No government is entirely innocent, of course. Geopolitics is a dirty business and everybody spies. Including Canada. But there is a question of scale, of brazenness and above all of purpose. China’s spying and lying are especially offensive and dangerous because the ultimate goal is to defeat the free societies and replace them with dictatorial central planning worldwide.