I don’t believe …

... that Justin Trudeau is an idiot who cannot manage to sit through a briefing. There are global leaders like that, but Mr Trudau is not amongst them. He can understand the points being made by senior officials, he can discuss, rationally, the policy options presented by his political advisors. He may not be the … Continue reading I don’t believe …

China is a bully

"China is a bully," says Scottish journalist Stephen Daisley, writing in The Spectator, and "the sooner the West understands that, the sooner we can begin to push back." I think that much, even most of the West does understand that. The evidence has been mounting for years, starting with China's push into the contested waters … Continue reading China is a bully

Justin Trudeau should listen

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that there is yet another case of Canadians being imprisoned in China on (most likely) trumped-up charges. The Globe and Mail says that "Peter Wang and Ruqin Zhao are Chinese-born engineers who worked in the Toronto area, described by a former manager as immigrants who sought a better … Continue reading Justin Trudeau should listen

Lies, damned lies and statistics

There is an excellent article in The Tyee, by Andrew Nikiforuk, in which he says that "The world is now paying a frightful price for a historical accident. It is this: a highly disruptive and novel virus happened to emerge first in China, a high-tech surveillance state that, despite the experience of SARS, remains allergic … Continue reading Lies, damned lies and statistics

A couple of useful ideas

Robyn Urback, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "Earlier this week, when he was asked about his country’s systematic persecution of its Muslim minorities, China’s ambassador to Canada told a room full of security experts in Ottawa a brazen lie ... [he said that] ... “There’s nothing like concentration camps in China or particularly … Continue reading A couple of useful ideas

Resetting our foreign policy

It is no secret, I think, to anyone who follows this blog that I regard Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's white paper on foreign policy, 'A Foreign Policy for Canadians,' as having been an act of policy vandalism. I continue to believe that Pierre Trudeau was driven by an intense need to find a way to … Continue reading Resetting our foreign policy

The Trump Effect (5)

I've been wondering about the "Trump Effect" on the defence and fiscal priorities of America's allies for several years now, ever since he was elected, and even before. I had hoped that the Trump Effect might spur some Western laggards, like Canada and Germany and many other allies, to pick up a greater share of … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)