Behind the Headlines
Rule of law, Human Rights, China, Canada
China’s rise to prosperity has seen increased tension with international standards of human rights and the rule of law such that, after a lengthy period of tentative engagement China has more recently worked to change international standards to accommodate its interests. China’s approach to human rights and the rule of law has significant implications for Canada, not only for our bilateral relations but also in terms of the impacts on international institutions that are of vital interest to Canada. In response, Canada should pursue a program of selective engagement, that combines attention to China’s abuses of human rights and the rule of law with continuing engagement on issues of bilateral and global concern.
Pitman B Potter, "Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Implications for Canada-China Relations" (2020) 68:12 Behind the Headlines (Canadian International Council).