“…as the trade relationship between the two countries deepens, concerns are been raised about Canada cozying up to China’s communist regime… Most recently, QMI Agency learned the Conservative Party sent a letter congratulating the Chinese Communist Party on its 90th anniversary.”
“It does seem to be a troubling shift over the last three years or so” – security expert David Harris.
The Conservative Party did what?
Forty years ago I could walk through Toronto’s ‘Chinatown’ (there was just one then, in the Bay & Dundas area) and identify each store by affiliation, i.e. Communist or Nationalist. When Trudeau’s Liberals gave Communist China the ‘diplomatic seal of approval’, I went to Ottawa as a member of the Edmund Burke Society and personally burned a ‘Little Red Book’ on the Centennial Flame in front of the parliament buildings.
John Diefenbaker scorned the Liberals for this betrayal of our allies in Taiwan, and correctly predicted the “deluge of communist spies who will come in here attached to the Chinese embassy”.
And now the Conservatives are sucking up to the Communist Party which is enslaving seven thousand million human beings?
The Conservative Party leadership seems to be at complete odds with its membership and MP’s, see “Tories clam up on communist China congratulatory letter” link at the foot of this post.
Baird kicks off China visit
Jessica Murphy: July 16th, 2011
OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird kicks off his first official trip to China on Sunday – a visit that will focus on building the trade relationship between the two countries.
“The minister sees China as the important player that it is, both in regional affairs and in global affairs and as a key player in our economic prosperity,” said a Foreign Affairs official, speaking to reporters on background earlier this week.
Baird’s visit to Beijing and Shanghai will include a stop at China National Petroleum Corporation, a speech to Shanghai business leaders and bilateral meetings with senior officials.
Canada’s exports to China have grown by 18.7% since 2001 to $13.2 billion in 2010, but as the trade relationship between the two countries deepens, concerns are been raised about Canada cozying up to China’s communist regime.
Most recently, QMI Agency learned the Conservative Party sent a letter congratulating the Chinese Communist Party on its 90th anniversary.
“It does seem to be a troubling shift over the last three years or so,” said security expert David Harris on Saturday.
“It cannot augur well for Chinese human rights. It takes pressure off Beijing when it comes to these matters of principle and it inflicts a devastating wound on Chinese human rights workers including prisoners of conscience.”
The Canada-China relationship hasn’t always been so warm. Early in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tenure, relations could be downright frosty.
In 2006, China called off a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chinese President Hu Jintao, reportedly over Harper’s stance on human rights in the Asian nation.
In 2007, despite a warning from Beijing that it could hinder trade relations, Harper vowed to continue championing human rights in China.
The prime minister also snubbed the country by skipping out on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremonies and meeting with the Dalai Lama despite protests from Chinese officials.
Those relations began to thaw when Harper made his first official visit to China in 2009.
Baird is expected to “frankly and respectfully” touch on human rights abuses in China during the visit.
Baird will also travel to Indonesia for a meeting of South Asian nations on July 21.
See original here.
See “Tories clam up on communist China congratulatory letter” (July 7th, 2011) here.
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