Tory leader candidate announced his approach to China policy at a French debate on May 25, answering the moderator’s question, “What will your attitude towards China as prime minister?”
Moderator Mark Olivier Fortin Before his question in the context that China now dominates Hong Kong and Taiwan “is expected to attack Taiwan’s sovereignty, which would threaten Canada because it produces 92% of Hong Kong.” Said to. [computer] A tip to use every day. “
Candidate Patrick Brown responded first, saying that while protecting human rights is important, it is also important to support trade, which is essential to Canada’s interests. He proposed sending BC’s liquefied natural gas to China as a way to “help China fight climate change.”
“And that’s a way to improve relations with China, [former] prime minister [Stephen] Harper, “he said.
Former Premier of Quebec Jean-Chareste said Canada needs to “reform” and review its foreign policy.
“We can see that our allies have always been with us, and now that’s not happening anymore,” he said.
Mr. Charest said the fact that US President Joe Biden did not invite Canada to a recent meeting with 12 other Indo-Pacific countries to create a new economic zone focused on the Asia-Pacific. , Talks a lot about how allies now recognize Canada.
“Why? Because we are insignificant in the eyes of our allies,” Charest said. “We lack action in Asia.”
Charest proposed to conclude more economic agreements with ASEAN countries and contribute to the security of the new zone with allies including the United States, Japan and South Korea.
Pierre Poirievre said he believes Canada can promote economic interests with China while advocating its principles and values.
“That’s why I need to uphold Taiwan’s rights to democracy in Asia and maintain good relations with Taiwan,” he said.
“We also need to stand up for the human rights of China, and that’s why I voted to blame the treatment of Uighurs, Christians, and other minorities in China. We both You can do it at the same time — that’s what we were in the Harper government. “
Independent MPP Roman Barber said he was “not afraid of China” and that if he was elected prime minister, he would develop a strategy with Canada’s allies to deal with the communist government.
“Justin Trudeau was too easy in China. China is putting Uighurs in internment camps. They are stealing our intellectual property. They threaten to turn Taiwan into another Hong Kong. I’m doing it. “
Babel emphasized it used to live Under the Communist rule of the Soviet Union when he was a child, he showed him, “We must not be afraid of what is wrong.”
“It’s time to face China and face China,” he added.
Reslin Lewis, a member of Haldimand Norfolk, said trade with China was “no longer based on cooperation, but on conflict.”
“That’s a new reality. We need to establish a new policy that takes this new reality into account,” he said.
It’s good that the federal government recently banned China’s telecommunications Huawei Technologies from the country’s 5G network, but it was “caused by Justin Trudeau’s hesitation,” said Scott H. Hison, a member of Provincial Assembly in Ontario. He said that all security threats need to be investigated.
“China is using its military and economic power to spread instability, jeopardize the world’s security in the Indo-Pacific region, and violate human rights in the most prominent way in the world today,” he said.
Hsson said he also supports Taiwan’s sovereignty. “We need to recognize Taiwan as an independent sovereign democracy,” he said.
Spar Over Huawei
During the debate, Poilievre called on Charest to disclose details about his consulting work for Huawei after leaving state politics.
“Would you like to disclose the amount paid by Huawei? And second, so that you or your company can learn all the details of the work you have done for Huawei. Are you going to disclose the contract you signed with Way? “Poilievre said.
Charest defended himself, stating that he had not undertaken a mission against Canada’s interests.
“The first thing I want to say is that I have never tackled a problem that puts my country’s interests at risk,” he said.
“And secondly, I’m proud to have contributed to something that was confirmed to have contributed to supporting the release of Michael Spaver and Michael Kovrig.”
Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were released last September after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice to postpone prosecution. She was soon released from Canada.
Meng was arrested in Vancouver in late 2018 at the request of the United States for fraud related to a violation of US sanctions against Iran. After her arrest, Spaver and Kobrig were arbitrarily detained in a Chinese prison for more than 1,000 days in what is widely regarded as retaliation by Beijing.