COMPAS Poll/Survey

The CEO’s and business leaders on the COMPAS business panel are vigorous in their criticism of the Chinese government, including its economic and foreign policies, but are divided about what action to take. In descending order of criticism, overwhelming majorities condemn Beijing for

  • patent infringement and theft of intellectual property
  • low environmental standards
  • poor standards in its food and drug-component exports
  • acquiescing in the proliferation of nuclear weaponry to Iran from North Korea, which depends greatly on Chinese goodwill
  • brutal treatment of Uyghur and other ethnic minorities
  • Internet espionage and manipulation
  • low labour standards
  • keeping the Yuan far below its fair value.

The three issues that panelists would like Ottawa to emphasize in its dealings with Beijing are:

  • patent infringement and theft of intellectual property
  • poor standards in its food and drug-component exports
  • acquiescing in the proliferation of nuclear weaponry to Iran from North Korea, which depends greatly on Chinese goodwill.

With respect to action, panelists do not believe that Canada should temper its criticism out of concern for Canada’s trading relationship with China. On balance, panelists tend to favour slightly the Congressional proposal that would allow the U.S. Commerce Secretary to treat artificially low foreign currencies such as the Chinese currency as an unfair trade subsidy.

These are the key findings from this past week’s Internet survey of CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel. The weekly business survey is undertaken for Canadian Business magazine.

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