[Garnet Genuis] Going forward with China a watershed moment for Canada

[Garnet Genuis] Going forward with China a watershed moment for Canada

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[ThePostMillenial] We are at a crossroad in how we think about our relationship with China. Many elites and self-identified “experts” on China have failed to predict recent developments. Yet, many of the same people continue to advise a course that has failed to deliver results in the past.

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Our current government started their tenure in office hoping for a very close relationship with China, and yet our relations are now at the lowest point in decades. So we need to think more fundamentally about what we are doing wrong and what we can do differently.

The common story about relations with China is to emphasize the importance of “face” in Chinese culture, and therefore to assume that the best way to have good relations ‎is to make sure that the Chinese government does not “lose face.”

To avoid causing them to lose face, the logic often is, we must avoid any kind of direct or public confrontation.

Those who emphasize this dimension seem to ignore the way in which we lose face in the eyes of Chinese officials by backing down and avoiding confrontation and thus look weak and malleable.

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