OTTAWACanada risks becoming a client state of China unless it stops being nave to growing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence undermining its democracy and sovereignty. Thats the lesson from Clive Hamiltons new book, Silent Invasion, which details how pervasive Chinese influence has softened Australiaone of Canadas closest alliesinto becoming more supportive of Beijings mercantilist views.
Hamilton, a public ethics professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, laid it all out in frightening detailhow Chinas United Front work was infiltrating all aspects of Australian society so as to break up the America-Australia alliance.
He was one of four panellists at an event hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), a public policy think tank, in Ottawa on Oct. 16.
Silent Invasion details how China feels it has a right to take over the world and how it has re-characterized itself as a historical victim of other powers such as Japan and the United States.
The United Front, an arm of the CCP, works to influence the choices, direction, and loyalties of its targets by overcoming negative perceptions and promoting favourable perceptions of CCP rule in China, explained Hamilton.
His book almost went unpublished, as three publishers feared reprisals from China. It was eventually published this February.
The panellists focused on the first step for Canadas protection: greater awareness of the growing Chinese threat.
It really is fundamentally important that the nature of CCP influence activities in Canada be exposed over and ov...