A Canadian flag flies at the Canadian embassy in Beijing in January 2019. A group of Canadian lawmakers recently joined a grouping aimed at strengthening ties with Taiwan, in a move that’s sure to irk Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE A Canadian flag flies at the Canadian embassy in Beijing in January 2019. A group of Canadian lawmakers recently joined a grouping aimed at strengthening ties with Taiwan, in a move that’s sure to irk Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE
A Canadian flag flies at the Canadian embassy in Beijing in January 2019. A group of Canadian lawmakers recently joined a grouping aimed at strengthening ties with Taiwan, in a move that’s sure to irk Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE
Richard Desjardins
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Richard Desjardins

Canada must learn from Meng Wanzhou saga to stay out of US-China confrontation

  • Ottawa’s failure to act firmly and fast in the early days of the extradition saga left it snared in a geopolitical tussle with little bearing on its own national interest
  • Its tepid response to the fallout also left the field open to Canadian hardliners to lead the conversation on China

A Canadian flag flies at the Canadian embassy in Beijing in January 2019. A group of Canadian lawmakers recently joined a grouping aimed at strengthening ties with Taiwan, in a move that’s sure to irk Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE A Canadian flag flies at the Canadian embassy in Beijing in January 2019. A group of Canadian lawmakers recently joined a grouping aimed at strengthening ties with Taiwan, in a move that’s sure to irk Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE
A Canadian flag flies at the Canadian embassy in Beijing in January 2019. A group of Canadian lawmakers recently joined a grouping aimed at strengthening ties with Taiwan, in a move that’s sure to irk Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Richard Desjardins

Richard Desjardins

Richard Desjardins retired in 2020 after a 29-year career as a Canadian public servant. Born in Montreal, Canada, he obtained a BA (1983) and MA in political science (1991) and studied Chinese in Taiwan (1985-1988). He writes on topics dealing with China and Canada-China relations for various publications.