Whereas the US and European war tactics can mostly be understood when reading Carl Von Clausewitz’s ‘On War’ or Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’, the Chinese stratagem can best be understood by obtaining Sun Tzu’s timeless classic ‘The Art of War’. One of the advised ways of working is to divide and conquer your enemies.
A Chinese tabloid newspaper directly linked to the Communist government must have understood this very well when it decided, after reading (see our related coverage) that the Canadian government of Mr Justin Trudeau had done a 180° degrees turn on its understanding of Chinese steel overproduction and stated it would take measures to protect Canada against Chinese steel producers trying to offload their exports via his country to get it into the US.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ouch! "We have professional teams to cope with small countries of this kind" – China should punish 'U.S. colony' Canada over possible anti-dumping rules: Global Times <a href="https://t.co/5X6PChoaiN">https://t.co/5X6PChoaiN</a></p>— David Ljunggren (@reutersLjungg) <a href="https://twitter.com/reutersLjungg/status/979679605509406720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Mr Trudeau explained that: “Canada is a trading nation, and we will not allow North American industries to be hurt or threatened by unfair trade practices, like the diversion of steel and aluminum.”
The Chinese understand that with Mr Trump and Mr Trudeau pointing in the same direction, a whole continent is now closed for their steel and aluminium overproduction, and thus reacted by manner of their tabloid newspaper called the ‘Global Times’.
Their editorial read: “Canada is more like a US colony economically.”
“By following the US suit, Canada is acting like a crafty merchant. Chinese people used to hold full respect for Western countries, but as their exchanges grow, these countries begin unveiling their selfish and cunning nature. We have professional teams to cope with small countries of this kind.”
The widely read tabloid newspaper is run by the Chinese Communist Party.