The U.S. is hitting Beijing hard at the moment, with Vice President Mike Pence calling the Olympic Games a “Chinese political stage show”. Even in Europe, the US is holding up the deployment of the EU’s foreign minister to China in a dispute over press freedom.
According to CBC, “the U.S. is concerned that the appointment of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, a respected advocate for human rights, would allow China to use her to convince other countries that the administration is a paper tiger.” A spokesperson told CBC that this would be “scary.”
U.S. President Donald Trump also tweeted about the dispute: “Canada should not allow foreign ministers to speak at a press conference without coming to the White House,” Trump said. “I hate to see this.”
So in light of this development, what is Ottawa going to do? Ottawa is expected to announce an American-Chinese chapeau as early as Wednesday. It’s only a matter of time until they do.