Friday, December 01, 2017

My Opinion Piece in Saturday Globe and Mail: "Does Trudeau really believe trade with China is ‘free’?"

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

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

My commentary in Toronto Star on the 19th Congress's implications for Canada

As Xi sets his sights on the world, the ruse is dispensed with

"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."

Friday, October 20, 2017

China has decided to cease senior level engagement on human rights via dialogue with Australia

The Chinese government has walked away from its long-­standing human rights dialogue with Canberra, as President Xi Jinping delivered a striking 3½-hour address to the 19th Communist Party Congress yesterday in which he vowed to make China the world’s most powerful nation.

The people of China would ­become rich under Communist Party rule, Mr Xi said, while by 2050 the nation would be the leading international power.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Guardian: Xi Jinping heralds 'new era' of Chinese power at Communist party congress

More explicit indication of China's plan for global domination