It is a mistake to talk about “Chinese influence”. That is a dangerous conflation that can spark anti-Chinese sentiment. The issue is “Chinese Communist Party influence operations”. Warning against those is not anti-Chinese. Don’t be lazy, and don’t let CCP media conflate the two
7:02 pm · 16 Dec 2017 from Wyoming, USA
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Besides skewering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s China strategy, Beijing’s gruff refusal last week to factor labour, gender or environmental rights into free trade talks likely marks Canada’s last gasp in a futile, decades-long effort to engage China in global institutions on Western terms.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Monday, December 04, 2017
Friday, December 01, 2017
My Opinion Piece in Saturday Globe and Mail: "Does Trudeau really believe trade with China is ‘free’?"
Mr. Trudeau would represent Canada best if he gave China a frank review of the reasons why we cannot commit to free trade with a non-transparent, state-directed, duplicitous and corrupt economic regime. He should also brief his Chinese hosts on Canada's "Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Magnitsky Law)" that came into effect in October. Recently, 19 Venezuelan officials joined the list of Russians and South Sudanese on the Canadian Magnitsky sanctions list because, as the government explains, they are "responsible for, or complicit in, gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, have committed acts of significant corruption or both." Presumably the same criteria applied to Russia and Venezuela will shortly be applied to larger numbers of Chinese officials. Or does China free trade trounce that, too?
Monday, October 30, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
"China’s president has emerged from the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress with absolute power, pushing his country to become the world’s unassailable economic and cultural leader. Human rights and multilateral co-operation have no part in his plans for world dominance.
With Canada eyeing free trade with Chinese, our Parliament just adopted Bill C-267 — the “Magnitsky Act” — which bars entry by, and forbids Canadians from financially engaging with, foreign nationals who are complicit in torture or extrajudicial killings of anyone who defends or promotes human rights and freedoms, such as the right to a fair trial or democratic elections. As Canada proceeds to identify Russians and Venezuelans for the Magnitsky list, there are already many Chinese Communist officials who instantly meet the criteria.
It will be interesting to see if their names are added to the list before or after trade negotiations."