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Armymatters said:Your right about the fact that the PRC will be cheesed off. The Americans have proposed building conventional submarines for the Taiwanese in the past, and it got a very negative reaction from Beijing, hence it is part of the reason why the Americans are dragging their feet. The other reason the Americans are dragging their feet is local pressure from the US Navy not to build conventional submarines. There was some serious backlash against France and the Americans earlier for selling Mirage 2000 and F-16 jets, plus La Fayette class frigates to the Taiwanese in the late 1980's, early 1990's. Future arms sales from Europe due to pressure from Beijing are now highly unlikely due to this.
Canada signed recently many trade bilaterals between us and the Chinese, representing billions of dollars of trade for us, and we do not wish to risk them. Also, we signed in 1970, an agreement with the PRC, formally recognizing the PRC government, as the "sole legal government of China" and "takes note" of China's position that Taiwan is an "inalienable part of the territory" of the PRC, hence we will be breaking the founding communique that established PRC-Canada relations.
And playing the oil card with China will just get us brushed off by Beijing. The PRC does not depend at all on Canadian oil exports, they depend on mostly domestic and Russian energy imports. So that card is already in the trash can already. The Chinese can theoretically dump our markets with goods, which will not be good for Canada at all. And check the back of your computer or any electronic or consumer good you own; most likely, it came from China.
My humble opinion is to say "screw the existing deals" because we're getting the short-end of the trade balance anyway.
RE: The back of my computer - I'm with you on that. I've actually done my best to boycott PRC goods for the last 3 years and I had to hunt to buy a laptop not built in China. More recently I went looking for a coffee maker....THEY WERE ALL "MADE IN CHINA". Even the Stainless Steel Cuisinart I ended up buying was from China (which really pissed me off because I didn't even realize that until I had gotten it home).
I even went looking after-the-fact and the only way I could buy non-PRC would've been to drop $450+ on a SAACO Espresso Machine.
I can hardly wait until they start dumping cars into North America....