Lawrence Solomon: Beijing’s behaviour shows why Ottawa needs to stop pushing Chinese trade

China is Canada’s second-largest trading partner: a very, very distant second — our exports to the U.S. are 16 times higher. China should be less important still, behind Japan, Taiwan, India, European countries such as the U.K., France, and Germany and other democracies that respect the rule of law. If that wasn’t clear to us before, it should be chillingly clear now following China’s taking of Canadian hostages in an effort to make us kowtow to its demands.

As long as China’s communists are in power, Canadians will be subject to hostage-taking and unable to safely do business, except through intermediaries.


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