Sunday, December 02, 2018
"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
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."
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Burton: China-U.S. turmoil: Bigger than Trump, more than a trade dispute – China Policy Institute: Analysis
China-U.S. turmoil: Bigger than Trump, more than a trade dispute – China Policy Institute: Analysis
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Monday, April 02, 2018
"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
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."
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Friday, March 02, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
Burton: Opinion piece in Globe and Mail "A red flag for Canada after the Putinization of Xi’s dictatorship"
Burton TV Interview with Ben Mulroney: China removing presidential term limits to allow President Xi Jinping to serve indefinitely
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Sunday, February 04, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
"As Mr. Tillerson emphasized, "the purpose of the maximum pressure campaign is intended to cause North Korea to engage as a credible negotiating partner in addressing a pathway to a denuclearization of the peninsula." Of course, the people who will feel the deepest pain of this maximum pressure are the most vulnerable of North Korea's population. Malnourished children will have less to eat, while the sick and elderly lose access to life-giving medicines.
In the unlikely event that North Korea's economy can be seriously destabilized by genuinely effective international sanctions this time, what is the more likely outcome? It's hard to imagine Kim Jung-un surrendering his nuclear weapons, thus undercutting his hold on power and ultimately leading to his going before International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. A more plausible response is even more frenzied brandishing of his nuclear arsenal, threatening the unthinkable in order to save himself from the humiliation of a trial followed by a lifetime of incarceration in the Hague."