Next month, China will appoint its next standing committee at its 25th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. President Xi is looking to lead an unprecedented third term, but, more broadly, the focus is on what direction the new group will take on China’s domestic and international policy.
Charles Burton, senior fellow with MacDonald Laurier Institute, says the next committee will focus on the so-called second 100 program.
“The first 100 program was the 100 years from the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921, until last year, and that program was designed to eliminate poverty in China,” he says. The next 100 year program will look to solidify China as the dominant power on the planet by 2049.
What shape that takes could be very detrimental to trade and to Canada specifically, if the last five years of trade disruption is any indication.
From U.S. visits to Taiwan and a lack of a Canadian ambassador to China, to the impact of all roads leading to China and the “loyalty” that instills in some countries, in the audio below Burton unpacks the current state of diplomatic affairs between the western world and China