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Stop the chest-thumping over China

By Randolph Mank      

If truth is the first casualty of war, diplomacy must not be the first casualty of troubled relations between nation states.

Canada’s justice minister, David Lametti, has the opportunity to make an independent decision when it comes to the ongoing extradition proceedings involving the detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, writes Randolph Mank, but Canada doesn’t have to be a China apologist to understand its perspective. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Japanese know a thing or two about dealing with China. A long and checkered history between the two neighbours has made it so. A prominent Japanese politician once explained to me that China’s authoritarian government exists to maintain order and unity in a country of highly competitive individualists. Its domestic habits of control spill over into its relations with other countries. To manage bilateral relations with China, he advised, it’s vital to take the long view, have a good diplomatic strategy, and remain firm and patient during the inevitable prickly periods.

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