Monday, April 30, 2007
Fragment of my Comments about HR Dialogue on IM with a Friend in Beijing
My judgement is that the Government of Canada would not be prepared to resume the dialogue unless the Chinese Government agreed to substantial changes to the format. This would be quite a big step as it would also lead to demands for the same changes by the other nations in the Berne group. Whether the Chinese side would actually be prepared to undertake a "productive results-based discussion" is hard to say. Their idea of dialogue is that it should promote mutual understanding, but not that it lead to the Chinese Government changing its policies in response to what foreigners tell them in dialogues.