What does the slaying of a Sikh activist — and Canadian citizen — on Canadian soil have to do with China?

A lot, actually, in terms of geopolitical efforts to counter growing Chinese power.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Saira Bano of Thompson Rivers University explains how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegation of Indian involvement in the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh independence advocate, may complicate western efforts to bring China to heel.

Canada and its allies have been building closer ties with India, she writes, in an effort to counter-balance China's growing economic and political power. While the U.S., the U.K. and France, among other allies, aren't expected to join Canada's stand against India, Bano argues the dispute raises serious concerns about Narendra Modi's authoritarian tendencies that must not be ignored by the West.

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Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics Editor

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, walks past Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, during the G20 Summit in New Delhi on Sept. 10, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Justin Trudeau’s India accusation complicates western efforts to rein in China

Saira Bano, Thompson Rivers University

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations that India was involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen complicates efforts by Canada and its allies to woo India to counter-balance Chinese might.

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