Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Opinion Piece "Where is Canada going with China now?" - The Globe and Mail

Where is Canada going with China now? - The Globe and Mail

As the Chinese ambassador put it in his speech to the Manitoba-International Business Forum, “the bond of friendship and co-operation between China and Canada has been growing stronger.” During his visit, the Premier “expressed the readiness of the Chinese government to work together with the new Canadian leadership in cultivating a richer and more substantive partnership of all round co-operation between the two countries.” He continued: “China and Canada should work together to bring their economic partnership to a higher level,” explaining “China is planning to import more from Canada” so as to “double the volume of two-way trade by 2010.”
Wait – did he say 2010?
Déjà vu all over again! That Manitoba speech was given in 2003 by previous Chinese ambassador Mei Ping, after Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Canada. Then, in 2005, President Hu Jintao came to Canada, and with Prime Minister Paul Martin jointly announced a China-Canada “strategic partnership,” again promising doubling of trade – this time in just five years. (In fact, due to the global economic crisis of 2008, trade levels briefly actually dipped.)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ottawa to negotiate extradition treaty with China - The Globe and Mail

Ottawa to negotiate extradition treaty with China - The Globe and Mail

Mr. Burton said the federal Justice Department has argued against Canada signing an extradition treaty, even if there is evidence that some of the fugitives that China is seeking are engaged in criminal activities.
“We don’t have an extradition treaty with China for fairly clear reasons. The rules of evidence are not the same there. There are reports of death sentences for white-collar crime and pervasive evidence of torture in interrogation,” Mr. Burton said.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

CBC Power and Politics - My interview on Kevin Garratt's release

Power and Politics - CBC Player

Rosemary Barton's interview with me starts at about 3 minutes in.

My Opinion piece in The Globe and Mail "Garratt’s release a win for Canada – and China"

Garratt’s release a win for Canada – and China - The Globe and Mail

"It is clear that the Chinese government underestimated the degree of Canadian public outrage over Canadian citizens unjustly imprisoned in foreign lands for ill-defined political reasons. When Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Canada last June he insisted on a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a move that went beyond normal diplomatic protocol. At that 15 minute confab, Mr. Trudeau – rather than showing ritual deference to a senior representative of the Middle Kingdom – instead used the occasion to explain to Mr. Wang at length that Mr. Garratt’s continued imprisonment was severely constraining the possibilities for greater engagement, which China was expecting from the new Liberal government. One can understand why it was that when Mr. Garrett’s name was brought up again at a press conference shortly thereafter that Mr. Wang lost his composure and delivered the diatribe that has marked him forever as a diplomatic philistine."

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton should step aside

My impression from looking at recent photos of Hillary Clinton in the new this morning is that she looks old and in poor health.  She should step aside from her candidacy in the interests of her nation. 

The Democrats need a younger candidate with less political baggage asap.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Does Canada’s openness for Chinese business, silence on the South China Sea, signal shift away from U.S.? | National Post

Does Canada’s openness for Chinese business, silence on the South China Sea, signal shift away from U.S.? | National Post

Not naming China publicly implies “tacit consent to what China is doing,” said Brock University’s Charles Burton.
“The U.S. will be highly concerned about Canada’s ever closer relationship to China,” he said, and neither candidate in its upcoming election will look kindly on Canada “not openly and firmly standing up for the (arbitration) decision.”
Burton connected the issue to Canada’s decision to join the AIIB, “against U.S. urging.”