Trudeau will see Modi, wants economic relations with India, not China
in Canada views China as a disruptive global force rife with geopolitical threats.
On the sidelines of the Bali Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to meet with the G-20 leaders in several bilateral settings. While PM Modi will exchange notes with US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, and recently appointed British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, it is thought that he may also meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Bali on a more personal level.
In light of Sikh extremist activity that attempts to polarise the Indian diaspora in Canada by staging so-called referendums, the bilateral meeting with PM Trudeau gains significance. Although Canada has said in the past that it supports India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the extreme movement is being supported by questionable Canadian Sikhs with ties to the Pakistani deep state.
After the Modi government took up the issue with the Canadian government, the response of the latter has been encouraging and there are indications that the bilateral relations will overcome the recent bump in ties. It is understood that Canada wants to deepen economic ties with India and looks towards New Delhi for alternate global supply chains to China.
The remarks made by Foreign Minister Melanie Jolly on the day of the G-20 conference are a glaring indication that Canada desires tight relations with India. At the recently finished East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Minister Jolly and Minister S. Jaishankar of External Affairs met.
India’s leadership and influence are expected to increase in the international arena, according to Canada’s Foreign Minister Joly, who also views the biggest democracy in the world as a competitive economic supply chain to China.
Speaking to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in Toronto last week, Joly stated, “As we assess the increasing importance of China, we must equally take into consideration the incredible trajectory of India, the world’s biggest democracy.
As India surpasses China as the world’s most populous nation, its leadership and influence will only increase, both locally and internationally. With it, Canada’s chance would also increase, particularly the financial possibility for Canadian companies, she said.
She said that India wants to deepen its business ties with Canada in the energy, food, and technology sectors, all of which are Canadian strongholds.