Thursday, January 31, 2019

Burton: A thorny road lies ahead for Canadian-Chinese relations

A thorny road lies ahead for Canadian-Chinese relations https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-thorny-road-lies-ahead-for-canadian-chinese-relations/

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

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."