Canadian Manufacturing

Report urges government to halt future Chinese takeovers of Canadian firms

Chinese-state owned companies play by different rules, economist says

OTTAWA—A new report from Calgary’s School of Public Policy is warning the government against approving any more takeovers from Chinese state-owned companies.

The paper, by economist Duanjie Chen, argues Chinese state-owned enterprises are agents of the Chinese regime and don’t play by the same rules as Canadian companies, or those from most Western countries.

The report comes after Ottawa gave China National Offshore Oil Co. (CNOOC) the green light to acquire oil producer Nexen Inc., but also introduced new guidelines that would make future takeovers in the oil patch from state-owned firms more difficult.

Chen would not say the approval was in error, but said the government should reject future majority acquisitions from China, as they’re contrary to Canadian interests.

Chen, who was born in China, says Chinese firms lack the transparency Canadian expect of their own companies, and are known to operate outside market principles.

She says Chinese state-owned companies are first and foremost tools of the Chinese regime with a mission to dominate sectors of the global economy important to the country.

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