Canada and the U.S. ready to ‘take on China’ on defence, trade: ambassador
Ottawa and Washington are prepared to “take on China” when it comes protecting defence and trade interests, but there remains work to do to catch up to Beijing’s lead on critical minerals development, the U.S. ambassador to Canada says.
In an interview Sunday with The West Blocks host Mercedes Stephenson, David Cohen said if the two allies continued to work together and build on their successes, they will end up being stronger and really moving the needle in 2023 and the years ahead.
There is no light between the two countries as to the importance of taking on China, competing against them more effectively, calling them out when they adopt non-rules based trade practices, Cohen said.
“You sort of can’t leave the overall impression of the visit without realizing that Canada and the United States together are prepared to take on China when China needs to be taken on, to protect ourselves from a defence and a commercial capacity.”
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His comments echoed those from Joe Biden, who wrapped up his first visit to Canada as the U.S. president this week.