Thursday, July 19, 2012

PM Visit Announcements on Canada-China Trade Follow-Up?

I am a little concerned that there has been no news on the economic complementarity study that the PM announced in China in February. If my memory serves it was to have come out in May. Not sure what the next steps are for getting the "negotiations completed" Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement to implementation either.

I was not encouraged by recent Chinese statements that Canadian diary products will not be allowed to have much share of the Chinese market due to "food security" concerns ( Because of 2 successive scandals over poisonous additives to Chinese processed milk products, Chinese consumers would probably have been happy to have a reliable pure Canadian diary option.

Baird Disappointed by Continued UNSC Paralysis / Canada's ambassador expects China to change Syria stance

I think David Mulroney in his CBC interview ( is not being realistic about the prospects of China coming 'round to our perspective on Syria.  In my view they will never support any international action to remove a dictatorship that has lost the confidence of its people.  But I do hope that I am proven wrong about this and that David is proven right.

July 19, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
"It is with extreme disappointment and deep regret that the world witnessed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) fail the people of Syria yet again today.  The Security Council had the opportunity to finally do the right thing to enforce a plan through binding sanctions that would have sent a clear message to Assad and those backing him, but, instead, Russia and China chose the status quo. They also chose to ignore the spiralling violence. They failed to act in the most vulnerable hour for the Syrian people. Canada has continually impressed on Russia and China in Moscow, Beijing and Ottawa that they have a responsibility to bring about a solution to the crisis.  We will continue to work toward a diplomatic end to the violence, for that is the responsible thing to do." (

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Is a well-connected Chinese youth getting away with murder in Canada?

Very troubling case: after the RCMP made unprecedented transfer of evidence to China for trial of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend in Canada, the case languishes in Beijing amid allegations of political interference with the Chinese court because the accused murder's family has senior connections to China's security sector.

September 27, 2012
Finnally justice was done and the murderer got a life sentence:

Very Much Hope These Serious Allegations of Jaffer-PRC Security Agency Connection Are Proven False

"Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer sought secret information about Canadian military satellite technology after meeting with state-owned Chinese technology companies in China in 2010, according to a document filed in an Ottawa courthouse Tuesday.  .  .  .  The Globe and Mail has previously reported that Jaffer claimed to have lost that passport when he was asked to return it following his wife's departure from cabinet."