A Chinese diplomat has just accused Justin Trudeau of being “a boy … a lackey of the United States”. The Chinese consul general in Rio de Janeiro, Li Yang, would not have uttered such an insult without having the consent of Beijing.
Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union have just imposed sanctions on Chinese officials for violations of the rights of the Uighur minority.
Two Canadians were the victims of a mock espionage trial. China demands the release of Huawei vice president under house arrest in Vancouver, who is contesting her extradition to the United States.
Tensions are escalating between the West and China. What can be done to counter the arrogance of the country on its way to becoming the dominant economic and military power on the planet?
The weak link in Chinese strategy
Democratic countries don’t have many options. But there is one that could prove to be formidably effective: developing a closely coordinated strategy to undermine Chinese influence in international organizations.
China spends a lot of money buying votes so that the projects it puts forward are adopted or those that disadvantage it rejected. She or her associates often have leadership positions in these organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted China’s influence on the World Health Organization (WHO).
Beijing is constantly working to change their values, standards and practices to reflect those of the Chinese Communist Party. At the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, China promotes policies that prevent it from being condemned for wrongdoing in the area of human rights.
China exerts a marked influence on the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Its rise as a world economic power began with its admission to the WTO in 2001 and still revolves around its ability to exploit the weaknesses of the Organization’s regulations and control mechanisms. That’s enough !
China, a poor and underdeveloped country, my eye!
It still retains its status as a “developing country” in the WTO. It’s scandalous ! The world’s second largest economy is in the same category as Congo, Haiti and Venezuela. Any reform of the WTO must be based on this.
Another obscene Chinese abuse is that Canada and all other developed countries subsidize the mailings of Chinese goods to overseas customers.
The Universal Postal Union gives China discounts worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year because it is still considered by the UPU to be a poor, underdeveloped country.
Instead of forging a coalition to counter China in international organizations, Donald Trump’s stupid reaction has been to pull the United States out of it. The moron has given way to Beijing. Fortunately, that will change with Biden.
The West and its allies must force the Chinese to submit, humbly, to the rules, like everyone else. Or make them pay the price.