Canadian Defence Minister says China is not our adversary
Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan believes China is not an adversary to Canada, despite rising and consistent tensions between the two countries.
While addressing a crowd at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Sajjan noted that the detention of two Canadian citizens in China was unwarranted, but that the relationship with China is still needed for co-operation on trade, according to AP.
China has created a new company as part of its plan to double its pipeline infrastructure to more than 240,000 km by 2025.
Beijing plans on a national oil and gas pipeline company that will combine most of its energy infrastructure while also providing market access to new investors.
Wood MacKenzie expects the new pipeline company may be worth between US$80 billion and US$105 billion
“The new company will separate [oil and gas] transportation, production and sales, and open [transportation] to third-party entities, which will benefit market competition,” reported the Xinhua News Agency that cited an unidentified official, according to the New York Times.
In a separate report on Monday, according to the South China Morning Post, Xinhua said the new entity is expected to be overseen by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission. The Assets Supervision Commission which will have a 40 percent stake in the new entity.
CNPC, Sinopec and CNOOC, three other energy giants will hold the remaining shares in the company.
Brian Bowman, who presides over a city increasingly defined by rising crime, chaos, and a spiralling meth epidemic, apparently thought it would be smart to tweet out a photo of him looking happy to meet China’s ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu.
“Pleased to visit with Chinese Ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu. Thank you for a productive discussion about our Sister City Chengdu, trade, and Winnipeg’s goal of becoming a leader in the protection and promotion of human rights.”
You can already see the problems here.
First, if you’re going to talk about the “protection and promotion of human rights,” you probably shouldn’t be meeting with an ambassador from a country that has a horrific human rights record like China.
China has at least one million innocent Muslim people in concentration camps, is committing a cultural genocide, is breaking their “One Country, Two Systems” pledge in Hong Kong, and is threatening their neighbours.
Also, to “thank” China’s ambassador after that same ambassador threatened Canada, and while China continues to jail the two Michaels is an absolute disgrace.
Unsurprisingly, Bowman is being ripped following the Tweet.
Below, you can see how badly Bowman got ratioed, with just 26 retweets and 482 comments.
Here is some of what people said:
“How much money did communists pay you to make you praise their ‘human rights’ disaster?! Swear you don’t know Tian’anmen Square Massacre, live organ harvesting, Uyghurs in concentration camps, HK protests being brutally cracked down! Where is your conscience sir?!”
“Whose going to tell him they have two of our people in torture like conditions?”
“#TheMichaels will appreciate the irony in the Human Rights part…”
“Human rights and ‘industrial scale murder for organs’ are not compatible”
“It’s time to drop Chengdu as a sister city. And certainly time to revoke any future invitations to ANYONE who denies the existence of these concentration camps. Oh, and you’ve officially lost my vote.”
Bowman was also ripped by some Canadian leaders, including Conservative MP James Bezan, and former Canadian Ambassador to China David Mulroney:
“Statements like this play into the PRC’s agenda of obfuscation, and actually undermine efforts to protect human rights. They reflect the false assumption that diplomacy cannot cope with plain-speaking and hard truths”
“Too bad @Mayor_Bowman was played. The only discussions with Chinese officials should be about the release of Michael Kovrig & Michael Spavor, removing Chinese sanctions on our agriculture products, & respecting human rights in China. Until then, everything else is off the table.”
Bowman has made a fool of himself, and sent a message that will encourage China to treat Canada even worse, as they once again see that the only response from Canada’s political elites is pathetic weakness.
If Bowman had any integrity he would listen to Yaakov Pollak and resign.
Since the Trump Administration was inaugurated, the Trudeau Liberal Government has shown a repeated tone of arrogance and superiority towards our American allies.
Whether it was Trudeau and Freeland giving virtue-signalling speeches that were thinly-veiled swipes at the US, lecturing the US on social issues, or Trudeau’s latest debacle at the NATO summit, it’s been clear that the Trudeau Liberals have no respect for America.
Yet, at the very same time, the Trudeau Liberals show far more respect towards Communist China, no matter how badly that nation treats Canada.
Consider the fact that—whatever disagreements Trudeau and Trump may have—the US is still available to talk and discuss issues with our country, and is a democratic nation governed by the rule of law.
By contrast, Trudeau and Freeland often can’t even get China to answer their phone calls.
Canada and America are part of the same inheritance of Western Civilization, and our history and future are inextricably linked.
Meanwhile, Canada’s values and the values of China’s Communist government are clearly incompatible, as the suppression of freedom, forced organ harvesting, denial of religious rights, execution of political dissidents, and horrifying surveillance state all makes clear.
And while Canada and the US have disputes like any two nations do, the fact remains that China has treated us far worse than the US ever has. China is illegally detaining two Canadian Citizens, has spoken in arrogant and threatening tones towards our nation, and is clearly an ideological and strategic adversary.
Additionally, the vast majority of our foreign trade is with the US, and given our amazingly weak defence spending, the US is basically the only armed force that is defending North America (and by extension defending the Canadian People) at the present time.
All of this should be the basic groundwork for how any Canadian Leader thinks about the United States. And it should go without saying that a Canadian Leader should always be more respectful towards the US than towards Communist China.
But with Trudeau, we see the opposite.
He’s never laughed about Xi Jinping.
He’s never mocked Xi Jinping.
He hasn’t even lectured China on their concentration camps with as much force as he lectured the US about abortion.
In short, Trudeau has shown far more respect to Communist China than he has towards the United States, a clear sign that his value-system and worldview is severely messed up.
Trudeau appears to be in thrall to the view of the radical far-left which blames the Western world for everything, admires brutal communist states, and seeks to weaken their own nation and our Western allies in order to strengthen foreign nations out of some insane sense of “historical guilt.”
Now, with Trudeau’s screwed up mindset governing the nation, our country is increasingly distanced from our closest ally, putting all of Canada at risk in an increasingly dangerous world.
Two Conservative senators are preparing to call on the Candian government to take direct action against Chinese officials involved with human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
Both areas have gone through extreme controversy in recent months, with the Chinese government’s extremely heavy-handed response to protestors in Hong Kong, alongside private information regarding the treatment of Muslims, including forced re-education camps in Xinjiang being broadcast worldwide.
The planned Senate motion was first reported by Maclean’s on Tuesday by Terry Glavin.
Sen. Thanh Hai Ngo and Sen. Leo Housakos plan on presenting the motion next week as parliament is set to reconvene, with it focusing on the use of the Magnitsky law to ensure sanctions are set up.
The Magnitsky Act was set up in 2017 to allow “for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”
Canada has used the act against officials in Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Russia, Myanmar and South Sudan.
While the Conservatives lack a majority in the senate, they hope that it will further pressure the Liberals to take stronger action against the Chinese government.