Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined a three-pronged approach to China in a CNN interview on Thursday. He said that in areas like climate change, Canada aimed to “engage constructively” with Beijing while still challenging its approach in areas such as human rights and security. Trudeau will meet with US President Joe Biden later on Thursday, during the latter’s first visit to Canada since assuming power. The two are expected to discuss a number of security issues. The leaders will also discuss ongoing diplomatic and military efforts to counter alleged Chinese election meddling and cyber attacks, as well as the tracking of suspected Chinese espionage activities in North American airspace. The Canadian government has confirmed instances of Chinese election meddling in the country’s 2019 and 2021 elections. TikTok, which is owned by a Chinese parent company, has been banned from government devices as both Canadian and US officials are scrutinising potential threats from overseas. Trudeau told CNN of his vision for Canada to engage constructively with China in areas like climate change, compete over market access and investments in the Global South, and challenge China on human rights, security and cyber attacks. Trudeau also hinted that a migration deal with the US could be reached. Growing numbers of migrants and asylum seekers at the US southern border have resulted in waves of migration to Canada. Canada announced in late 2022 that it aimed to bring in 1.5 million immigrants by 2025 to bolster its economy created by an aging population.
Trudeau Discusses China Strategy in Anticipation of Biden Meeting | CNN
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