Thursday, July 21, 2016
I judge this will be very very badly received in Beijing and negatively impact the Prime Minister's upcoming visit to China.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Friday, July 08, 2016
This Li visit could therefore become a replay of the fiasco of Prime Minister Harper's going to Chongqing to "build relations" with Bo Xilai as Bo's purge was already in process. The Canadian Prime Minister was the last foreign leader to be seen with Bo just prior to his arrest in 2012.
But a similar miscalculation on our part substituting a Premier of the State Council and more importantly a Standing Committee of the Politburo member as Mr. Li is could be a lot more damaging to Canada-China relations.
Chinese factional politics is a dangerous game. Canada should take care not to become inadvertently drawn into it to our peril.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
China expert Charles Burton, a professor at Brock University, said the move appears to be part of Beijing's attempt to tighten control globally to mute dissent against the ruling regime.
Burton pointed to a recent case of a Hong Kong bookseller with a Swedish passport who was arrested in Thailand and sent to China for "interrogation" as an example of Beijing's actions.
He said the reported policy would be in line with China's policy of considering anyone with Chinese heritage as subject to Beijing's authority.
"I think it does have a chilling effect on people of Chinese origin who felt that acquisition of foreign citizenship gave them a degree of protection," Burton said. "It goes against international law; it's part and parcel of China's refusal to acknowledge the authority of international regimes in general."
He said the policy could be considered discrimination because Beijing is issuing visas based solely on people's ethnicity.
Burton said Canada must raise the issue with China at the highest levels.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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