As many countries around the world reassess their relationship with the Chinese Communist regime, Canada is in a unique position to build alliances with other link-minded democracies in order to push back against bad behaviour with a more unified voice, says Conservative MP Philip Lawrence.
Canadas legacy as a defender of human rights and its middle-power status makes it naturally suited to a “consensus builder” role—one that can work with others to achieve a common goal, Lawrence says.
“If we work as a team, if we work with the other great countries in the world, the other free peoples, I believe that we can push the Chinese communist government to do more of the right things,” he said.
Lawrences comments come as relations between Canada and China continue to deteriorate.
Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor remain jailed in China, and earlier this month a fourth Canadian was given the death penalty on drug charges in that country since Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in 2018—a move that infuriated Beijing.
The fate of the CCPs victims could still be salvaged if Canada has the “political will” to take a stronger stance against the regime and work with allies to push back, says Lawrence, who is a member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
“Were facing a very challenging regime in the Chinese communists, and we need to not be afraid to push back and stand up for Canadians,” he said.
“We cant be afraid to stand up for Canadians and for free people around the world.”
Ties between Canada and China have soured since Canadas arrest of Meng, a Huawei company executive and the daughter of Huaweis founder. She was detained in Vancouver at the request of the United States, which wants her extradited to face fraud charges over the companys dealings with Iran.
Many countries have reassessed their relationship with China due to the coverup of the global pandemic that originated in Wuhan and has killed at least 780,000 people worldwide, including 9,000 Canadians.
The regime also received international condemnation for imposing a draconian national security law on Hong Kong last month, effectively ending the one country, two systems arrangement, while arresting activists en masse. Signed into law on June 30, the legislation stipulates punishment up to life in prison for acts of subversion, terrorism, and “collusion with foreign forces.” It also calls for the creation of a security agency in Hong Kong under the direct control of Beijing.
This week, the parliamentary Canada-China committee—whose future is in limbo now that Parliament has been prorogued—heard testimony from several experts who said the new security law in Hong Kong puts all Canadians at risk. The committee was set up earlier this year to address the fraught relationship between Ottawa and Beijing.
In addition to the 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong, any Canadian who travels to or transits through Hong Kong are at risk of being arbitrarily detained under the law if theyve said or done anything that could anger Beijing, Alvin Cheung, a Canadian citizen and scholar at New York Universitys U.S.-Asia Law Institute who studies authoritarian abuses of law told the committee.
Canadians currently living in Hong Kong must now “live in fear” of violating the national security law because there “can be no meaningful certainty” as to what will be treated as a violation, CRead More – Source