Bill Tieleman: What if Steve Bannon is right to be worried about China?
“We’re at economic war with China…. and they’re crushing us.” – Ex-Donald Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon
What if U.S. President Donald Trump’s hard right-wing, ex-Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is right about China waging total economic war on the west – just as Canada tries to do a deal with a dictatorship?
And why did Bannon contact a left-wing American publication to make provocative statements about China just days before he left the White House
Those are important questions Canadians should be asking as Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attempts to quietly reach a bilateral free trade agreement with the world’s second biggest economy – run by an authoritarian Communist military government.
It’s an idea most Canadians strongly oppose – 88% per cent were “uncomfortable” with opening up Canada to Chinese state-owned corporations according to an April 2017 Nanos poll.
While most media commentary on Bannon’s apparent firing focused on his comments that there is “no military solution” with North Korea, contradicting Trump – Bannon’s key point has been ignored – that the left and right need to work together.
“To me, the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that,” Bannon told The American Prospect magazine