Canada’s allies quiet as tensions rise with India over Sikh leader’s murder

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Canada’s allies quiet as tensions rise with India over Sikh leader’s murder

Canada recently revealed that it had intelligence suggesting the possible involvement of Indian government agents in the murder of a Sikh leader. This news would typically cause uproar among democratic allies, but this time the response has been muted. India is currently being courted by the United States and other Western nations as a counterweight to China, which puts Canada in an awkward position. According to Stephanie Carvin, a professor of international relations, India is seen as more important for balancing China than Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada was actively pursuing credible allegations of Indian involvement in the murder. Canada had already been discussing the matter with key allies such as the Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance. However, the response from these allies has been restrained. Britain, for example, refused to publicly criticize India and emphasized that bilateral trade talks would continue as planned. The UK is caught between supporting Canada and not antagonizing India, as it wants India as a trading partner and ally against China. Without definitive evidence of India’s involvement, the UK’s response is likely to remain muted. The United States expressed deep concern and encouraged Indian officials to cooperate in any investigation. Trudeau reportedly pushed for a joint statement condemning India at the recent G20 summit but was turned down. The muted response to Trudeau’s allegations is in stark contrast to the strong reaction after the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in 2018. Canada’s options are now limited, at least until it can provide incontrovertible evidence. Canadian government sources indicated that they would have preferred to wait longer before making a statement but felt compelled to act due to impending media coverage. Canada has not made the intelligence public because there is an ongoing murder investigation. It is hoped that more information will emerge soon. The responsibility now lies with India to handle the situation responsibly for its own interests.

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