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

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"

"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

Monday, April 02, 2018

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

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Burton - China’s drive to restore its lost greatness - Toronto Star

China’s drive to restore its lost greatness

"Most alarming to Ottawa was the news that the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department, responsible for promoting China’s influence around the world, will be restructured and beefed up. Xi characterizes it as the party’s “magic weapon,” and indeed its activity in Western countries has increasingly been seen as a covert, coercive or corrupt tool for China’s foreign interests."