Saturday, May 18, 2024

Dragon at the Door

Should Canadians be wary of closer relations with China? That issue has been hotly debated for many years. But what does China want, and what are the risks of dealing with its authoritarian regime? To shed light on these issues, MLI is pleased to present The Dragon at the Door, a collection of articles by credible experts on the distressing realities of 21st century China.

Dragon at the Door

The October 2017 issue of Inside Policy introduced our Dragon at the Door series. As part of our Dragon at the Door series, MLI has taken the lead of the national conversation on why Canada should block the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from our next-generation 5G mobile networks.

MLI contributors who have made this case include former National Security Advisor Richard Fadden, Munk Senior Fellows Shuvaloy Majumdar and Marcus Kolga, professor Charles Burton, and new authors like Ivy Li. A full list of articles can be found here.

Our allies have got the message. New Zealand, Australia and the United States have already announced they will ban Huawei from participating in their next-generation mobile data networks. Taiwan, Japan and countries in Europe are also getting increasingly cold feet. And, in 2022, Canada finally joined many of its allies in banning Huawei from 5G.

We were also pleased to highlight Xi Jinping’s nefarious influence in Canada by naming him the policy-maker of the year in our December 2019 issue of Inside Policy.

This project has featured essays on a range of topics, including Canada’s one-China policy, Chinese sharp power, prospects for a free trade agreement with China, Chinese economic coercion, and the dangers of allowing Huawei into our 5G networks.

We have hosted a number of panel events on Indo-Pacific security, covering such topics as a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” the future of energy security. the threat posed by Chinese influence operations, what we can learn from Taiwan in blunting such sharp power operationsmaritime security, alongside a national book launch for noted journalist Jonathan Manthorpe’s new book, Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada.

In 2020, we were also very pleased to devote our biggest forum, MLI’s annual dinner, to a new national foreign policy discussion on Canada’s place in the rapidly evolving Indo-Pacific region. Our program featured the global voices that we feel Canada needs to be hearing more from, including BGen (Ret’d) Robert Spalding, former Senior Director for Strategy to the President at the National Security Council, former Canadian Ambassador David Mulroney, former Japanese Vice Minister of Defense Hideshi Tokuchi, Dhruva Jaishankar of the Observer Research Foundation, and Mercedes Stephenson of Global News. Guests and participants included members of the diplomatic community, business leaders, politicians and policy-makers, media, prominent thinkers and more.

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