/Top general warns Beijing could “overmatch” Western alliance as Canada steps up provocations against China (via Qpute.com)
Top general warns Beijing could “overmatch” Western alliance as Canada steps up provocations against China

Top general warns Beijing could “overmatch” Western alliance as Canada steps up provocations against China (via Qpute.com)

Canada’s chief of defence staff, Lt. Gen. Wayne Eyre, recently told parliament that Canada and the United States are at risk of being “overmatched” by China’s military, accused Beijing of “constantly” “imposing its will on its neighbours,” and claimed that the US imperialist-led “rules-based international order” is in peril.

Eyre’s remarks came as Canada’s ruling elite, through its media mouthpieces and political parties, continues to escalate its provocative campaign of lurid accusations against China. This has included attempts to blame China for Canada’s disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this campaign is to demonize Beijing so as to mobilize support for the US-led war drive against China and intimidate its opponents.

Lt. Gen. Wayne Eyre (Source: Canadian Armed Forces)

Eyre told the Senate Committee for National Security and Defence that he has “grave concern” about China’s defence spending, including on “hypersonic” missiles that can evade traditional defence systems. “China is making massive investments into its military capabilities, including new technologies such as hypersonics, such as artificial intelligence, such as quantum computing,” commented Eyre. “And I would say for the first time since the early 1940s, we, the Western alliance, face a military capability overmatch both in terms of quality and quantity of the type of military capabilities that China is investing in.”

While Canada’s top general did not spell it out in so many words, his testimony was an unmistakable call for the Liberal government to accelerate and expand its already massive rearmament program, under which tens of billions are to be spent in the coming years on new fleets of warships and warplanes.

Eyre’s remarks are one element in a sustained propaganda campaign aimed at justifying Canada’s ever more significant role in Washington’s diplomatic, economic, and military-strategic offensive against China. Since Joe Biden took over the US presidency in January and vowed à la Trump to pursue “extreme competition” with Beijing, Canada has doubled down on its support for its US imperialist ally in ratcheting up pressure on China’s Stalinist regime, which, having restored capitalism, represents the interests of the Chinese bourgeoisie.

In late February, the House of Commons with cross-party support labelled Beijing’s mistreatment of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang province as “genocide.” That same week, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government held a bilateral summit with the Biden administration that adopted a “roadmap” for expanding Canada-US relations based on North American economic protectionism and enhanced military collaboration against Ottawa’s and Washington’s main rivals, Russia and China.

In a further provocation, the Canadian government-sponsored Halifax International Security Forum, a leading North American imperialist conclave of military and political leaders and think-tank strategists, announced last week that it has awarded its John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.


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