Quite often, geopolitical leadership is based on animal instinct. About seven countries are embedded in both the TPP and China’s Economic Silk Road Belt project. These countries are Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brunei. Countries registered to the Economic Silk Road Belt project but not yet officially ratified in the TPP include Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. There’s no doubt that these seven countries will reap benefits from being involved in both initiatives. However the real question is whether the Prime Minister of Canada will take the lead in making an effort to join the Economic Silk Road Belt project.
If Justin Trudeau fails to capitalize on such an opportunity, Canada’s economy will suffer by missing out on potential new structural benefits. This may be a situation where our strong relationship with the US blinds us due to the overall macroeconomic view of establishing courtesy and protocol towards the mighty US. Canada can not continue to sustain America’s feelings of retaliation if we don’t always agree with them.
Xi Jinping has established a very strong trend in the geopolitical and economic world by soliciting a mission in achieving economic world order and dominance. He travels the globe as a one-man army that collectively thinks as a vantage point to every sector of the Chinese economy. Xi is a symbol of powerhouse international trade and a major destination point for foreign investors. It is a simplistic fundamental tool that he uses to correspond any trade agreements to flow to the state-owned and private sectors of the economy.
Canada needs to be an active player by participating in global infrastructure projects. A perfect example is China’s proposal in building a bi-oceanic railway linking the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil to the Pacific Ocean in Peru. By failing to participate, Canada essentially misses out on future rewards and tarnishes its geopolitical image as emerging economies realize that the chances of doing business with Canada are shadowed by the United States.
The virtues of leadership are based on stewardship, principles, and values that challenge the dominant economic behavior of the past. Xi continues to push the collegiality of national leaders and generals to lend legitimacy to the Economic Silk Road project by inspiring, motivating, and satisfying their growth potential as equal partners. Xi has a very compelling personality that is facilitating a team of national leaders in meeting his own criteria of economic ambition.
It was Xi’s affirmation in the UK’s Northern Powerhouse project that pushed the drive and renewal of Northern England with generous infrastructure investment. It is also the deepening of financial and infrastructure cooperation that will spur economic benefits for Northern England. Not only are Britain and China seizing productive opportunities, they will travel and promote their opportunities to France, Germany, and Italy as equal partners. The UK’s and China’s integration will be aligned with France’s and Germany’s participation on issues that matter; climate change; cyber security; food security; and energy. These will be joint ventures by four superpowers in building infrastructure for countries that follow along the Silk Road Economic Belt. These nations will become cross-functional leaders that will impact the global stage in achieving cohesion and mutual cooperation that sets the foundation for them to profit from.
One can see the maneuvers happening right now. The UK’s nuclear plants will have investments from France and China. What does this mean for Canada and our resources? We may have a few geopolitical and economic clues that can help us make a few predictions.
This means British Columbia and Alberta need to be more efficient in the resource sector which requires Chinese investment to establish a competitive environment. Regardless of political parties, geopolitical scholars were happy that the previous leader stated that Canada hopes to become a resource-superpower. Unfortunately, he did not fulfill his duty in achieving this. Xi will ask the Premiers of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec what they are looking for, whether or not they have ambition, and if they’re willing to create a competitive environment for Canada’s natural resources.
Trudeau is visiting China at the end of August 2016. Canada needs an economic home-run. Our leader must be productive and successful in engaging economic benefits for participating countries. It is imperative that a Canadian leader understands investment and opportunity in cementing those ties upon the global stage we live in.
Simply put, in the geopolitical economic world, leaders can not rest in determining their role in the global stage. Justin Trudeau is much younger than Xi Jinping. It seems though that Xi has more stamina in the global world than Trudeau. If Canada is to elevate their stature in the global economy, he can not rest on his laurels, especially when someone who’s older never sleeps. Remember folks, Xi does not care if he hurts American feelings. It’s time for Canada to join the trend.