The Biden Administration is pushing for tighter cooperation with Canada on climate change policies. This administration’s push threatened by China, which is at the forefront of all international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Beijing has warned on several occasions that the nation is willing to cooperate with the United States and other nations around the globe “on climate change” as long as its interests are not undermined.
Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will try to draw up a “road map” during their first bilateral meeting on Tuesday, where they are expected to address the climate issue and the creation of a common approach on how to deal with China. Among the approaches, local media say they will discuss China’s “unfair economic practices” and its human rights record.
Trudeau and the tense relationship with China
The violation of human rights by the Chinese regime has been widely criticized by both nations.
On Monday, Canadian lawmakers passed a non-binding resolution denouncing and calling China’s crackdown on the Uighurs, China’s Muslim minority, genocide. Trudeau disagrees with the qualification.
“When it comes to the application of the very specific word genocide, we simply need to ensure that all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed before a determination like that is made,” Trudeau said last week.
Uighur survivors and activists claim that the mass detention camps in Xinjiang, which are defended by Beijing as an anti-terrorism program, are “modern slavery” camps and claim there is “mass rape” of Uighur women.