Pressure mounts on OPEC+ from all sides

It is defying oil-consuming nations to increase output, for now

Pressure mounts on OPEC+ from all sidesA tug of war has erupted on the world oil market. Despite growing pressure from major crude-oil consuming nations, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies in the expanded OPEC+ announced they would stick to their original plan by increasing output by only 400,000 barrels per day (bpd). OPEC+ members seemed to be…

Canada, allies must unite to stop China’s economic domination

Opposition to the Communist Party of China’s aggression needs to be multilateral

Canada, allies must unite to stop China’s economic dominationThe Chinese economy is growing and surpassing the United States economy in size. That stature, with its consequent soft and hard power, means opposition to the Communist Party of China’s regime needs to be multilateral. No matter how much unipolarity the U.S. has enjoyed in recent decades, it can’t go it alone and would benefit…

Climate summit forced to confront inconvenient truths

Movement to reduce global emissions toward net-zero is still too slow

Climate summit forced to confront inconvenient truthsWith the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow scheduled to open on Oct. 31, global powerhouses are coming up with their annual energy outlooks earlier than the customary November. With climate issues coming to the forefront at the COP26 summit, most of these reports and analyses are meant to help world leaders make decisions. But…

Warning shots fired over cryptocurrencies?

China's crackdown on cryptocurrencies may be the first shot in its battle for financial dominance

Warning shots fired over cryptocurrencies?Canadian and British regulators are on an entirely different wavelength to a significant portion of the cryptocurrency market and industry. They have implemented new regulations and cast doubt on the future of decentralized digital currencies. The moves come as China is cracking down on all but one form of cryptocurrency, forcing Bitcoin miners out of…

AUKUS may create as many problems as it solves

The planet is watching as China and the U.S. prepare for all possibilities

AUKUS may create as many problems as it solvesThe hasty new geopolitical alliance of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS) is clearly a change of strategy designed to enhance security in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The alliance envisages the United States and Great Britain providing Australia with the technology to develop nuclear-powered submarines, among other things. The U.S. is…

Is China turning its back on science and progress?

Totalitarian societies such as China require conformity and loyalty, not independence of thought

Is China turning its back on science and progress?One of the most notable features of Nazi Germany was its anti-intellectualism. While it claimed to be at the forefront of scientific and technical advances, its ideology and totalitarian rule made free enquiry and interchange between scientists and other technical people untenable. Researchers became wary of making bold assertions, even when backed by solid evidence…

China wants Liberals to win so it can maintain its influence

For the past half-century, media has obscured the relationship between China's government and the Liberal Party of Canada

China wants Liberals to win so it can maintain its influenceWeChat, China's government-controlled social media giant, has made up its mind which party they want to win the Canadian federal election on September 20th: “Please vote for the Liberals and use your power in the Chinese community so that we can have a chance to influence the future of Canada." A more complete picture reveals…

What the fall of Hong Kong means for Taiwan, and the world

Beijing has made it easier for the world to understand why Taiwan is adamantly opposed to annexation by its Communist neighbour

What the fall of Hong Kong means for Taiwan, and the worldHong Kong as we knew it – more open, more liberal – is no more. With its demise, the “one country, two systems” formula, under which the former British colony was incorporated into the People’s Republic of China in 1997, has also collapsed. Whatever the foundations of this political construct may have been, there is…

Chinese demand drives world oil markets

Global markets’ overdependence on China backfires as COVID resurgence forces travel restrictions

Chinese demand drives world oil marketsChina has been the sole driver of the global crude oil markets for years. Its growing crude thirst has, time and again, pulled the markets up. Last year, while crude markets were touching the ebb, even going into negative territory, “Chinese buyers dragged oil prices out of the doldrums single-handedly as they stocked up on…

C-135 provides a new approach to Canada’s policy toward Taiwan

Represents a significant opportunity for decision-makers to advance a relationship that has tremendous potential for Canada

C-135 provides a new approach to Canada’s policy toward TaiwanBy Shuvaloy Majumdar and J. Michael Cole Macdonald-Laurier Institute In 2021, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) turned 100, and for more than 50 years, Canada has recognized the legitimacy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) run by the CCP. The hope that began in the 1970s (and has persisted with limited evidence of success…

China holding the world hostage over rare-earth elements

Decoupling will be difficult and costly, but is a necessity

China holding the world hostage over rare-earth elementsSeveral factors have induced Western governments and the firms they preside over to find substitute supply chains for the China-dominant ones they depend on. These factors include growing public revulsion at the repressive and persecutory policies the Chinese Communist Party has for its ethnic, religious and other minorities or critics; the increasingly aggressive expansionary moves…

We need to fight back against Communist China’s bullying

Rogue state is using intimidation tactics against Canadians, including personal threats and attacks on character

We need to fight back against Communist China’s bullyingIf Canadians believe the threat of a communist superpower expired decades ago, they’re wrong. The Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (U.S.S.R.) may be long dead, but the Chinese dragon is alive and well. In 1970, KGB disinformation agent Yuri Bezmenov defected from the U.S.S.R. and became a Canadian citizen with the adopted name Tomas Schuman.…

Taiwan deserves a clear-eyed assessment of the potential for war

The U.S. and its allies should signal in no uncertain terms that dragging the world into war over Taiwan would impose severe costs on China

Taiwan deserves a clear-eyed assessment of the potential for warThe increase in Chinese military activity near Taiwan over the past year has engendered a tremendous amount of commentary and analysis from various circles, professional and not. With People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft intruding into Taiwan’s southern Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) occurring on a near-daily basis, and with record-breaking numbers in some instances, the…

Canadian Senate turns its back on genocide in Xinjiang

Communist dictator Xi Jinping showers praise on the 33 Senators who deny he is perpetrating genocide

Canadian Senate turns its back on genocide in XinjiangIf there was any doubt that foreign propaganda is influencing Canadian democracy, the defeat of a Senate motion to recognize the Uyghur genocide last month should remove it. In total, 33 Canadian Senators voted to turn their backs on millions of Muslim Uyghur victims and their families and were hailed by Beijing as “people of…

Taiwan must avoid the self-inflicted wounds of unbridled polarization

All sides must tone down the rhetoric, put an end to the outbreak of disinformation, and take stock of what is in the national interest

Taiwan must avoid the self-inflicted wounds of unbridled polarizationAlthough frequent manoeuvres by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and martial signalling by Beijing have contributed to a sense of imminent crisis in the Taiwan Strait, a far more insidious (and potentially devastating) phenomenon has received little attention in international media. Like termites, political polarization eats away at a society’s ability to function as a…
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