Sunday, December 02, 2018

Burton - Saturday night supper: World order may have changed before our eyes

Burton - Saturday night supper: World order may have changed before our eyes

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-saturday-night-supper-world-order-may-have-changed-before-our-eyes/

"This does not bode well for nations like Canada. Ottawa’s failure to have China stave the flow of fentanyl into Canada, juxtaposed with Canada’s postured outrage to get U.S. tariffs lifted from our steel and aluminum exports, are from an obsolete playbook. Earnest Canadian appeals to trust, goodwill and friendship don’t work with Mr. Xi or Mr. Trump, neither of whom has much time for our Prime Minister these days."

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Burton - Ottawa’s pursuit of free trade with China is a losing proposition

Ottawa’s pursuit of free trade with China is a losing proposition

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-ottawas-pursuit-of-free-trade-with-china-is-a-losing-proposition/

We lag behind other Western nations in responding to PRC state agents’ intimidation of ethnic Chinese, Uyghurs and Tibetans in Canada. Canada is showing no sign of adopting legislative measures or enhancing CSIS and RCMP resources to meet the Chinese Communist challenge to our sovereignty and its designs to corrode our democracy by closing the space between government and business.



Friday, August 17, 2018

Opinion piece in the Globe and Mail - "Burton: Canada is caught in the crossfire of the U.S.-China trade war"

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-canada-is-caught-in-the-crossfire-of-the-us-china-trade-war/

"There is a consensus among many Chinese that President Xi Jinping and his predecessors have caused China to seriously lose face, especially now that the United States has exposed Beijing’s dishonourable trade policies. This violates the core Confucian teaching that upholding honesty and openness is the mark of cultured, upright government officials."

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Burton: China should stick to honesty as the best policy in ongoing U.S. trade war

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-china-should-stick-to-honesty-as-the-best-policy-in-ongoing-us-trade/

Monday, April 02, 2018

Burton: A successful Trump-Kim summit would be a thorn in China’s side

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-a-successful-trump-kim-summit-would-be-a-thorn-in-chinas-side/

"With uber-hawk John Bolton as incoming U.S. national security adviser, the Japanese fear is that if the Kim-Trump summit fails, the next step will be war. Mr. Bolton has said talks with North Korea are useless, and that protecting the U.S. from North Korean missiles is job one, regardless of collateral consequences for the South, Japan or, for that matter, China and Russia."