There’s not much choice

“In just a few short months, the U.S.-Chinese relationship seems to have returned to an earlier, more primal age.” former Australian prime minister and noted China watcher-scholar Kevin Rudd (who I have cited, more than once, before) writes in a thought-provoking article in Foreign Affairs. “In China, Mao Zedong is once again celebrated for having […]

It’s time for Canada to step up

Just a few days ago British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, in the House of Commons that “”We made clear that if China continued down this path we would introduce a new route for those with British National (Overseas) status to enter the UK, granting them limited leave to remain with the ability to live […]

A new front in Cold War 2.0

I remarked, albeit only in passing, on the media’s role in the campaign to persuade Canada that it should do a prisoner exchange: Meng Wanzhou for the “Two Michals,” Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. My comment was that the Globe and Mail’s front page was devoted ~ item after item ~ to that issue. It […]

“The law is clear,” but the political and policy implications are murky

There is, it seems to me, a concerted effort to bring the case of the “Two Michals,” Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians being detained in China as an act of hostage diplomacy in a larger contest between China and the US-led West, back into the public eye. This, for example, is the (online) […]

The answer is …

The Economist asks an important question: “Can Hong Kong remain a conduit between China and the world?” The short answer is: No. As The Economist says, “Hong Kong’s place in the world depends on having the rule of law, a trusted reputation and seamless access to Western financial markets.” The “rule of law” is dying […]

Another no brainer (2)

A few weeks ago I said that a recent batch of asylum seekers from Hong Hong consists of people who “are both legitimate, they are, it is perfectly clear, fleeing persecution, and they are making their applications legally and properly, at Canadian border centres, rather than sneaking into the country illegally. So there should be […]

Doing the heavy lifting

Yesterday, I talked about standing up to China, the bully and restoring confidence in Canada. Today, I want to discuss how to do that. It’s a bit disjointed, I’m afraid, because there are a lot of things wrong and fixing just one or two will not be enough. I said that Prime. Minister Justin Trudeau […]

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 […]

What’s a Trillion?

There is a rather embarrassing (for Liberal partisans) video floating around the Internet. It shows Finance Minister Bill Morneau doing his very best to avoid answering some fairly simple and straight forward questions put to him in the House of Commons, during a session of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, by Conservative pit […]

Standing up …

OK, a couple of days ago I said, “Prime Minister Justin. Trudeau should listen to former Prime Minister Turnbull, to his own national security and military advisors and to his allies who advise standing up to China.” How? Well, for a start ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network. Don’t do it on technical grounds. Do […]