Marcus Kolga Kaveh Shahrooz and Shuvaloy Majumdar are senior fellows of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for the Promotion of Canadian Overseas Interest Research Center.
In the whole family and hospital. In the country of Canada, Canadians are now directly facing the survival threat posed by authoritarian forces to their lives. When leaders respond to the public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19, our foreign policy institutions have the opportunity to exempt post-nationalist ideological fantasies and accept the reality that the country is composed of citizens, borders, and interests.
The authoritarian regimes in Beijing, Tehran and Moscow did not seek real cooperation when they encountered a virus, but instead concealed their failures, expanded the false information from their sources and used the crisis to obtain substantial resources for their exclusive economic advantages To promote its spread. They are using weapons for medical development to improve their status in the world order.
The impact of subverting Canada ’s interests is enormous and places two key goals in front of our leaders. First, Canada must ensure that our vital supply chain is not at the mercy of non-democratic opponents. Second, we must deepen resilience and cooperation among other democratic countries.
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At the intersection of the current debates between globalization and nationalism, issues characterized by economic dislocation and global destruction are key supplies around sovereignty The problem boundary of the chain. For decades, the authoritarian regimes of China, Russia, and Iran have uncritically assessed their true nature, thus exerting influence on countries vulnerable to the temptation of economic supply. Throughout the free world, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Australia and other countries are now facing the threat of garbage supply disguised as "aid" from China, while the public health system is in a state of tension or overrun.
This pandemic forced our leaders to put Canadians ’medical safety first, even competing with our closest ally, the United States. When the immediate emergency turns into the economic order after COVID-19, understanding and ensuring the critical needs of Canadians and meeting their supply chain will be an indispensable historic task.
Corona virus highlights global vulnerability. When non-democratic countries use the rule of law to support them to cooperate, a value chain will emerge. For example, due to the Made in China 2025 policy, China has steadily climbed the medical device GVC . One of China's goals is to transition from the low value-added end of GVC to the high value-added end of GVC in 10 manufacturing sectors, such as medical devices.
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As a result, when faced with such an imminent crisis, Canada ’s supply chain was interrupted by China ’s shutdown which today has serious consequences for our frontline medical workers. Regrettably, during President Xi Jinping ’s attempt to stop the brewing of the Wuhan pandemic, his senior consultant conspired to use to extract high-quality medical supplies from Western sources to weaponize China ’s medical supply Chain . The equipment is poor and controls the global status of the pharmaceutical industry . This represents a new and incredible concept that Canada's foreign policy has to face: weaponized medicine.
Reliance on China ’s supply chain has expanded from medical supplies to several products on which we depend. Given that “ China and India provide approximately 80% of the world ’s drug raw materials ”, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive review of the complex risks posed by China ’s state-owned economy and take mitigation measures to carry out these vital economies Reorder the supply chain. In terms of how much Canadians can produce and manufacture alone, there will be opportunities for economic independence. There is still a need for safe supply chains, and these supply chains will need to prioritize democratic countries in the world.
There are indeed tools available to protect the Canadian market economy from the effects of attempts to subvert the market, including the Canadian Investment Act. Due to the bill, the national debate on Huawei ’s role in Canada ’s 5G network embodies the key to physical and digital infrastructure and establishes important legal obstacles to ensure the interests of Canadians. The same approach needs to be applied to the safety of our medicines and medical supplies.
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as long as the urgent needs of Canadians depend on the dictator, we are still subject to the incompetence of this regime, or worse, malicious. When we seek to understand the new economic reality of the world after COVID-19, the difficult days are over. Canada ’s national interests require dictators to achieve economic independence.
Authoritarians have become masters of subversion of post-war democratic order, while democratic countries confuse pluralism with moral relativism and ambiguity. Canada should now take the lead in promoting the interests of democracies, boldly strengthen the links between new democracies and established democracies, and build resilience in fragile democracies.
The ruthless criticism of the Western media and the failure of the international organization ’s defenders to assist the Chinese government . Chinese officials continue to hype up the false narrative about its origin and ridiculously spread the myth that COVID-19 is an American biological weapon. The Iranian regime also played a role in the development of the outbreak in Canada. After the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for domestic political reasons instructed the Iranian regime to erupt and refused to isolate the population COVID-19 positive Iranians began to arrive in Canada at Late February . And at the beginning of this month the European Union warned that Russia ’s false information about COVID-19 was endangering lives, and accused the Vladimir Putin regime of “playing people ’s lives”. In addition to suppressing information about the spread of the virus in Russia the national media platform Sputnik also promoted false statements about about the origin of coronavirus which may indicate that the virus originated in Latvia's enhanced NATO reserve strength.
These regimes bear no responsibility for their role in the global spread of the virus, are not bound by domestic accountability, and are addicted to repression and lifelong rule. Instead, they have ignited the obvious false information about the pandemic and false information leading to an event that can only be called the "information pandemic." Now, they seek to take advantage of the global chaos that has caused it.
China is particularly brave and used this opportunity to deepen its control and material impact on the United Nations agencies including the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Criminal Police Organization. The Iranian regime is also using this international emergency. Although rejected "Doctors Without Borders" and US medical assistance, it is still exerting pressure on the international community to reduce sanctions in the form of cash. If there are any signs in the past, it can use this relief to fund terrorist exploration abroad. Russia is using epidemics and energy price wars to further weaken the cohesion of the EU and NATO in sanctions imposed on Putin ’s officials and thieves. Russia ’s recent “aid” items to Italy- According to a recent report, 80% of them were found to be “useless” – apparently the head of EU foreign policy Josep Borrell Determined as "The fight for influence through spinning and generous politics."
All conspiracies of these authoritarian regimes have a clear mission: to undermine democratic institutions and undermine their cooperation. It is worth noting that some of the democratic countries whose security is most affected by authoritarianism from neighboring countries (Israel, South Korea, and Taiwan) are particularly good at providing citizens with a successful sense of democracy and security.
Fortunately, mature democracies have significant institutional resilience in the face of crises and can balance the tension between security and freedom. Even in Canada, this unstable balance requires vigilance. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed, and Viktor Orban of Hungary succeeded, and they all seized power nakedly in this crisis.
This is certainly not to say that democracies are doing well in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Just look at Italy or the United States to know that this is not the case. However, our democratic allies are largely transparent about their challenges, and cooperates with Canada to limit the impact. On the contrary, our opponents are of no avail.
The lesson we should learn from this experience is that deepening democratic resilience and establishing stronger ties with democratic allies should become the central objectives of our foreign policy.
This cannot be achieved by reducing Canada ’s democratic beliefs in the seat of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), a project that is very obsessed with foreign policy institutions. In short, Canada cannot play a corresponding leadership role in this role, especially after China satirizes the President of the UN Security Council.
When we rebuild, Canadians will correctly insist that democracy and economic logic contribute to our interests in today ’s weaponized world order. They will correctly insist that a supply chain decision on important matters can establish an independent Canada. They will insist that our leaders show determination to work with the democratic allies against the world ’s major tyrants, and their interests clearly run counter to our interests.
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