Canada’s Ambassador to China should fight for the benefit of Canadians, not Beijing


Martin Lloyd Jones, a well-known Protestant minister in Britain, made a fairly effective quote that honestly explained the ambassador’s duties.

“Ambassadors of every country are always aware that they have a great responsibility because they are representatives of their own country,” he said.

Indeed, those given this position have an extraordinary responsibility to defend the interests of the country. Their actions are important in showing what Ottawa is trying to achieve diplomatically, its intent, and what its goals are, as they are closest to the officials of the host country. They must be accurate and reliable.

There are many reasons not only resentment but also confusion about the performance of the current ambassador to China, Dominic Barton.

Burton said it’s time for a swell to encourage further business investment in China after the return of the “two Michaels,” who were supposed to resolve the debate over the intentions and character of the Chinese administration. Thinking to Canadian companies, “they exist” and take advantage of the continued rise of the Chinese economy.

He has now expanded these comments in an exclusive interview with the rags of China’s national propaganda, Global Times, This should be considered a serious error in the current situation. Interview at 43rd At a dinner at the Canadian-China Business Council in Beijing, Burton reaffirmed that “the big emotional problem is now off the table” with the release of Michaels and Meng Wang.

“There are high mountains, raging rivers and sometimes lost, but in the shade of willows you can see bright flowers and villages on the horizon,” he explained the relationship between the two countries, citing Chinese poetry. .. After Meng’s case.

This reaffirms rigorously that Burton cannot think of Canada-China relations other than business interests, and blindfolds simply cannot be removed.

The blunder with the release of the two Michaels and Meng Wangzhou is not just a diplomatic rift, but an event that shows two opposite ways of life and ideas, if nothing else. It completely changes the dynamics between us and China. But for Burton and his business partners, it’s like temporary dust with his spouse and old friends.

Consistently recently, Burton seems to have interpreted his role as dressing up relations between Canada and China and saying that any sneaky thing he thinks might promote peace between the two countries. .. In doing so, he is actually only strengthening Beijing’s interests and publicity against Western criticism. In addition to this, he recently advised Canadian students to go to China to “build a relationship.” Travel warning About the serious risks that Canadians face when visiting China.

In response to Burton’s statement, a spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada wisely told the National Post that Burton’s “normal business” approach is currently unacceptable. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about China’s current “tremendous challenge” to democracy while in the Netherlands prior to the G20 meeting, as China plays an important economic role. , Said that it cannot be “crossed arms and ignored”.

Similarly, a spokeswoman for international affairs repeated the four approaches of the liberal government to challenge China’s abuse, compete with authoritarianism, cooperate with the state where possible, and coexist.

While there are many requests left for the Trudeau government’s policy on China, the fact that there is a disconnect between the government and Beijing representatives regarding the public presentation of the approach in the China file is very puzzling.

Canada needs officials who can break away from the economic doctrine of post-Cold War China and incorporate geopolitical and moral factors into their thinking about how we interact with Beijing. is. Senior members of the Liberal government have hinted that the status quo will no longer be useful, at least when it comes to aggressive Beijing, but their representatives in Beijing appear to be completely uninterested in these factors.

From all of this, to recognize and pursue the long-deferred, principled debate that can ultimately clarify what Canada’s national interests are in this era. A strategy to put into practice is born.

And this clarity will require an effective ambassador to China to defend these interests on behalf of the Canadians. The person chosen by Ottawa as a messenger of interest in Beijing now plays a very important role.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Shane Mirror


Shane Miller is a political writer based in London, Ontario.