Expect the Trudeau government to cave quickly.
China’s Ambassador to Canada says the Communist states’ takeover of Aecon – a massive Canadian engineering & construction firm – doesn’t need a national security review.
As noted in a CBC report, Ambassador Lu Shaye said “The technology from the Chinese side is much higher than the Canadian side… it is not necessary for them [the Chinese government] to steal the technologies from Canadian companies.”
Added Lu, “In my point of view, it is not necessary to have the scan in the prospective of national security reasons. We will respect any decision made by the Canadian government in this regard.”
Of course, if China didn’t see any benefit to getting the company (including technology transfers), why would they want it in the first place?
Additionally, Shaye’s comment takes a narrow view of national security. National security isn’t just about military technology, it’s also about maintaining Canadian-owned construction companies. Letting China take such an important company makes Canada weaker.
Once again, we are seeing China play a smart rhetorical game. They know what to say, and when to say it, and western governments – especially the Trudeau government – fall for it repeatedly. For example, China restricts foreign control of their companies, hoards technology while negotiating deals to get tech from other nations, protects their industries, and imposes tariffs on foreign nations, all while using rhetoric that gives the opposite impression.
As a result, foolish leaders like Trudeau let China take more and more from our country, empowering the Communist state while weakening our supposedly free and democratic society.
At this point, we can expect that Trudeau will cave to what China demands, and let more of Canada be taken away.