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Trudeau Rejects Possibility of Political Reconciliation With China

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that achieving a political rapprochement with China is currently unfeasible, citing political decisions by the Chinese regime that have further strained its global relationships.

“A rapprochement? No. Certainly not at this particular moment,” Mr. Trudeau said during an interview with Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker in Singapore on Sept. 7. “China has made decisions over the past years that have made it more difficult—not just for Canada, but for other countries—to engage.”

He highlighted Beijing’s arbitrary detention of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Their imprisonment of more than 1,000 days was widely regarded as an instance of China’s hostage diplomacy, in response to Canada’s arrest of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou.

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Mr. Trudeau also noted that the relationship between Canada and China remains strained, even following the release of the two Canadians in September 2021. He attributed this ongoing tension in part to “real concerns around foreign interference.”

Reports of Beijing’s alleged foreign interference in Canada have gained prominence in recent months, with allegations including its involvement in two federal elections in 2019 and 2021.

In November 2022, Global News reported on Beijing’s alleged attempt to influence the 2019 election, citing national security sources stating that Canada’s intelligence officials had warned Mr. Trudeau about China’s interference campaign, which involved funding a clandestine network of at least 11 federal candidates. In articles published in February, The Globe and Mail reported on Beijing’s strategies for interfering in Canada’s 2021 federal election.
Months after these reports came out, on Sept. 7, the federal government reportedly appointed Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Marie-Josée Hogue to lead a public inquiry into interference by foreign states. 
The Liberal government had resisted holding a public inquiry to investigate election interference and, instead, appointed former governor general David Johnston as a special rapporteur on foreign interference in March. Following Mr. Johnston’s resignation in June, the government engaged in negotiations with opposition parties to determine the parameters of an inquiry.


Mr. Trudeau’s comment on an unlikely rapprochement with China comes just days after Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault attended Source link

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