Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on the West to unite together to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from tapping its commercial interests to divide them against one another.

In an interview aired on Saturday, Dec. 25, Trudeau claimed that China’s communist leadership has often been “playing” Western countries against each other as they compete for access to economic opportunities with the country, Reuters reported.

“We’ve been competing and China has been, from time to time, very cleverly playing us off each other in an open market, competitive way,” he told Global television.

“We need to do a better job of working together and standing strong so China can’t play the angles and divide us one against the other,” Trudeau said.

The Canadian leader argued that the Western countries, due to their economic benefits, have let the CCP dictate the terms.

The CCP, for long, has tapped the cheap-labor costs in China to attract foreign investments, provided that the West and other countries have to keep silent on its domestic abuses of human rights.

Earlier in December, Trudeau criticized China’s human rights record, joining other Western allies in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in next February. 

“Many partners around the world are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government. That’s why we are announcing today that we will not be sending any diplomatic representation to the Beijing Olympics,” Trudeau told reporters on Dec. 8.

Australia, Britain, and the United States also join the diplomatic boycott. President Joe Biden’s administration cited what the United States calls genocide against minority Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region.

The CCP accused those countries of making false claims, saying they violate “the principle of political neutrality of sports established by the Olympic Charter and runs counter to the Olympic motto ‘more united’.”

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