Charles Burton

Associate Professor, Political Science

BA (Hons.) (Toronto)
PhD (Toronto)

Office: Plaza 353
905 688-5550 x3987
cburton@brocku.ca

The fundamental question that I seek to resolve is how to alleviate poverty and to realize human rights in the context of repressive structures of political power and cultural legacies at cross purposes to liberal norms. Most of my work is on Chinese domestic and international politics and on the foreign policies of advanced industrialized nations toward China.

Area of specialization:

  • Comparative politics
  • Government and politics of China
  • Canada-China relations
  • Human Rights

More information:

  • April 25, 2018 Panelist with Ward Elcock and Duanjie Chen at Macdonald-Laurier Institute event “Dragon with a Chequebook: Aecon, China, and the Challenges to Canada’s Policy on Foreign Investment” held in Ottawa.Video of the event, still photos and other relevant materials can be found at: https://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/photos-video-dragon-chequebook-aecon-china-challenges-canada/
  • Engaging China Poses Potential Risk to Canada’s National Security” Inside Policy (Macdonald Laurier Institute), published online July 7, 2017, and in Inside Policy magazine October 2017, pp. 25-6, Special feature “The Dragon at the Door: The Future of Canada-China Relations.”
  • Charles Burton and Stephen Noakes, “Forging Free Trade with China: The Maple Leaf and the Silver Fern,” Pacific Affairs 89, no. 4 (December 2016), 839-58.
  • Charles Burton and Stephen Noakes, “Can Canada Follow New Zealand’s Model for Free Trade with China,” Asia Pacific Memo #381, October 19, 2016.
  • Charles Burton, “China’s Troubling Foreign Policy,” Diplomat and International Canada (October 2016), 40-41.
  • “The Dynamic of Relations Between Canada and China” in Duane Bratt and Christopher J. Kukucha, eds, Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas, 3rd Edition, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2015, Ch. 11
  • “Canada’s China Policy under the Harper Government.” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 2015, 1–19. doi:10.1080/11926422.2014.934860.
  • Le discours du Parti communiste chinois sur la légitimité politique à la suite du 18e congrès du Parti » .in Éric Mottett, Barthélémy Courmont et Frédéric Lasserre, eds. La Chine et le Monde. Quelles nouvelles relations, quels nouveaux paradigmes?’ Québec, Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2015 , Chapitre 1, 11-22.
  • “Response to “Dancing with the Dragon” by Paul Evans (April 2013)” Literary Review of Canada, vol 21, no. 4, May 2013, 32.
  • “Scenarios for China’s role in a post-American world” in Sean Clark and Sabrina Hoque (eds.) Debating a Post-American World, New York: Routledge, 2012, 99-103.
  • “China’s Future Participation in the International Community” Passages, Asia Pacific Reader 3 (2010-11) The Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 92-5.
  • “The Canadian Policy Context of Canada’s China Policy” in Huhua Cao and Vivienne Poy, eds. The China Challenge: Sino-Canadian Relations in the 21st Century, University of Ottawa Press, 2011, 32-46.
  • “Response to Jeremy Paltiel’s Article, ‘Canada and China: An Agenda for the Twenty-First Century: A Rejoinder to Charles Burton'” Canadian Foreign Policy, vol. 15, no. 2, 2009, pp. 118-22. Paltiel’s article in the same issue is a commentary on my refereed report A Reassessment of Canada’s Interests in China and Options for Renewal of Canada’s China Policy that was released by the Canadian International Council in 2009.
  • “Neoauthoritarianism, urban bourgeoisie, and China’s democratization” in Wu Guoguang and Helen Lansdowne, eds. Zhao Ziyang and China’s Democratic Future, London and New York: Routledge, 2008, pp. 122-134.
  • “The ‘Beijing Consenus’ and China’s quest for legitimacy on the international stage” in André Laliberté and Marc Lanteigne (eds), The Chinese Party-State in the 21st Century Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2008 pp. 146-161.
  • “A ‘Principled’ Approach, Quiet Diplomacy and Harper’s Message to Beijing” Embassy: Canada’s Foreign Policy Newsletter, published November 14, 2007.
  • Assessment of the Canada-China Bilateral Human Rights Dialogue”, released by Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in May 2006.
  • Op-eds
  • “China should stick to honesty as the best policy in ongoing U.S. trade war” was published in the Globe and Mail on April 11, 2018: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-china-should-stick-to-honesty-as-the-best-policy-in-ongoing-us-trade/
    It was published in a slightly different version as “Why China should have chosen honesty in its U.S. trade war” in The Conversation on April 15, 2018: https://theconversation.com/why-china-should-have-chosen-honesty-in-its-u-s-trade-war-94950
    Why China should have chosen honesty in its U.S. trade war
    https://ipolitics.ca/2018/04/16/why-china-should-have-chosen-honesty-in-its-u-s-trade-war/“A successful Trump-Kim summit would be a thorn in China’s side” was published in the Globe and Mail on April 2, 2018: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-a-successful-trump-kim-summit-would-be-a-thorn-in-chinas-side/
    It was published in a slightly different version as “War games, slow trains and the spectre of a Trump-Kim summit” in The Conversation on April 11, 2018: https://theconversation.com/war-games-slow-trains-and-the-spectre-of-a-trump-kim-summit-94800
    https://www.upi.com/War-games-slow-trains-and-the-specter-of-a-Trump-Kim-summit/9931523534770/
    War games, slow trains and the spectre of a Trump-Kim summit
    https://thewire.in/world/the-spectre-of-a-trump-kim-summit
    https://international.thenewslens.com/article/93704
    http://www.newsweek.com/trump-xi-kim-jong-un-china-north-korea-south-korea-opinion-886110

    War Games, Slow Trains and the Spectre of a Trump-Kim Summit


    https://www.yahoo.com/news/specter-trump-kim-summit-looms-200002649.html

“A red flag for Canada after the Putinization of Xi’s dictatorship was published in the Globe and Mail on February 26, 2018: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/a-red-flag-for-canada-after-the-putinization-of-xis-dictatorship/article38116048/
It was published in a slightly different version as “Xi Jinping’s chilling grab for absolute power in China” in The Conversation on February 27, 2018: https://theconversation.com/xi-jinpings-chilling-grab-for-absolute-power-in-china-92563 and
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/Voices/2018/02/28/Xi-Jinping-makes-chilling-grab-for-absolute-power-in-China/2871519824937/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=rc_vo&utm_medium=1
http://www.macleans.ca/news/xi-jinpings-chilling-grab-for-absolute-power-in-china/
http://www.wionews.com/amp/south-asia/opinion-xi-jinpings-grab-for-absolute-power-in-china-is-dangerous-for-the-world-34294?__twitter_impression=true
https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/03/01/Xi-Jinping-Power-Grab-World-Domination/
https://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2018/03/01/xi_jinpings_chilling_grab_for_absolute_power_in_china_112731.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/xi-jinping-s-chilling-grab-for-absolute-power-in-china-118030100248_1.html
Quoted in https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/19/asia/china-xi-jinping-speech-npc-intl/index.html

“Burton: Canada must smarten up on its China policy” was published in the Ottawa Citizen on February 13, 2018: http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/burton-canada-must-smarten-up-on-its-china-policy
It was published in a slightly different version as “Canada-China trade deal: Is Ottawa selling out our democratic values?” in The Coversation on February 20, 2018: https://theconversation.com/canada-china-trade-deal-is-ottawa-selling-out-our-democratic-values-91970 and

Canada China trade deal: Is Ottawa selling out our democratic values?


Canada-China trade deal: Is Ottawa selling out our democratic values?
https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2018/02/21/canada-china-trade-deal-is-ottawa-selling-out-our-democratic-values/#.WpH5IOinHq4
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3371336

“As Xi sets his sights on the world, the ruse is dispensed with,” Toronto Star, October 26, 2017. Published in a slightly different version as “China’s Xi sets his sights on the world,” The Conversation, October 29, 2017. Published in a slightly abridged Portugese translation, “Xi Jinping e seu olhar sobre o mundo,” Boletim de Política Internacional #21, November 2, 2017.