“If they can begin to win over countries that are traditionally very close to the U.
S., then they can somehow challenge or weaken it.” Until recently, China’s big interest in Canada concerned the energy sector.
“They want to use this as a springboard for eventual negotiations with the Americans.” Mulroney sees a more worrying strategic angle at play.
“At least some of the Chinese strategy is splitting Canada off from the United States, and isolating the United States from its closest allies,” he says.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping as they take part in a bi-lateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey on Monday, November 16, 2015.