At the same time, David Mulroney warns that the regime uses the global focus on the pandemic to “demolish” its only country, two systems deal with the governance of Hong Kong.
“I think we have to take a much more active role and understand that things are fundamentally changing and that we have to shape our own system, and part of that involves what you might call decoupling,” a said Mulroney in an interview with The West BlockIs Mercedes Stephenson.
According to him, compared to countries like Australia leading the campaign for a global “reassessment” of relations with China, Canada has become a “laggard”.
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Questions about the origins and potential mismanagement of the spread of the coronavirus focused on China, with many countries also renewing expressions of support to varying degrees for Taiwan.
The island nation, which China claims to be its territory, has largely succeeded in controlling the spread of the coronavirus and this has led – so far in vain – to demand that it be included in ways such as the recent meeting of the World Health Assembly.
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China vehemently opposes any recognition or inclusion of Taiwan in international forums.
But while Taiwan has dominated the headlines, attention is shifting to another island where Chinese aggression is raising new fears.
China is implementing new national security laws over Hong Kong that will effectively strip the former British colony of its last shreds of autonomy.
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The city, also a world financial center, became a British colony in 1842 while the last of the imperial dynasties in China still held power.
Britain returned Hong Kong to the current Chinese government in 1997.
But this agreement was authorized and supported, including by allies like Canada, under the agreement that Hong Kong would maintain its democratic system and freedoms that mainland China did not enjoy.
In recent years, Chinese President Xi Jinping has eroded this agreement on one country, two systems, and Mulroney warned that China is now using global attention to the pandemic to finish the job.
“China, seeing us all distracted by the pandemic, will do the job itself,” said Mulroney.
“This is really the last step to dismantle one country, two systems and really break the deal.”
“China is denying it, demolishing it and that is yet another reason why we have to rethink a world more dominated by China where we really have to reshape our foreign policy. “
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was concerned about the situation on Friday.
Canada has 300,000 citizens in Hong Kong and has raised cautious concerns in the past when demonstrations for democracy in the city have been met with violent reactions from law enforcement.
“This is one of the reasons we want to make sure that the one-country, two-system approach continues for Hong Kong,” said Trudeau when asked about it.
On Friday, the new law in question was submitted to the Chinese parliament.
It seeks to prohibit everything it considers secessionist and subversive activity, as well as foreign interference and terrorism.
However, the Chinese regime considers virtually any internal criticism of its actions as such.
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