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China Is Killing Americans with Fentanyl – Deliberately

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China Is Killing Americans with Fentanyl – Deliberately

By Gordon Chang, Chinese-American Senior Fellow, Gatestone Institute
Author of (1) The Coming Collapse of China and (2) How China has damaged the world.


HIGHLIGHTS FROM GORDON CHANG ARTICLE :
(1) Mainland China is obsessed with increasing its “comprehensive national power” (CNP). It meticulously measures it, thoroughly studies it, and constantly compares rankings of China to other countries, especially (to) the United States.
(2) China’s officials will stop at nothing to increase China’s CNP and decrease the CNP of other countries. China is, with malice, trying to reduce America’s comprehensive national power with fentanyl. There can be no other explanation for Beijing letting criminal organizations (in China) operate unimpeded.
(3) The Communist Party, through its cells, controls every business of any consequence. Beijing tightly controls the banking system and knows of money transfers instantaneously. Furthermore, fentanyl cannot leave the country undetected, as virtually all shipped items are examined before departing Chinese soil.
(4) China’s postal service has to know that it has become, among other things, the world’s busiest drug mule.
(5) The regime has adopted the doctrine of “Unrestricted Warfare,” explained in a 1999 book of the same name by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui. The thesis of the authors, both Chinese Air Force colonels, is that China should not be bound by any rules or agreements in its attempt to take down the United States….
(6) U.S. Customs and Border Protection learned that 13% of packages from China contain some form of contraband, including fentanyl and other deadly substances.
(7) China’s regime has been pushing fentanyl into the United States for years.
(8) Fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. last year hit a record 70,980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those deaths, 36,500, were from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Cocaine and methamphetamine fatalities were also up, largely because these substances were mixed with fentanyl.
(9) In China, gangs work on fentanyl compounds in labs to make the drug more addictive, a former American national security official told me a few years ago. Moreover, Chinese technicians constantly change formulas to avoid detection at the American border.

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HOW CHINA’S COMPREHENSIVE NATIONAL POWER POLICY AFFECTS CANADA
China is also sending fentanyl into Canada. In parts of Canada, the number of deaths from fentanyl is close to the number of deaths from Covid-19.
According to Macleans Magazine research, Canada Post is the shipping method of choice for fentanyl importers.
https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/fentanyl-at-the-click-of-a-mouse/
Canada Post is inhibited from interfering with mail from China because of a law written in 1981 which considered mail interception an unthinkable violation of privacy.
This is a major problem because Mainland Chinese immigration to Canada has exploded in the past 20 years : Several million Mainland Chinese have arrived as China has become one of the major sources of immigrants for Canada. See https://canadaimmigrants.com/chinese-immigrants-to-canada/ A significant number of those Chinese immigrants are probable supporters of China’s Comprehensive National Power policy and will undermine the national interests of Canada. It is highly probable that some of those Chinese are receiving packages of fentanyl from China and selling fentanyl here.
Chinese immigrants, with the help of foolish Judge Rosalie Abella’s Employment Equity/Preferential Hiring policy, have infiltrated all sectors of Canada. Some are undoubtedly sending important Canadian information back to China. One particularly big question is this : China’s fentanyl has undoubtedly damaged Canada, but how much did China’s Comprehensive National Power policy play in creating Canada’s Unaffordable Housing Crisis, a virtual national catastrophe which has damaged or destroyed the lives of millions of Canadians?
To summarize : ethnic Chinese activity has inflated prices in Canada’s housing market, colonized parts of Canada and de-stabilized Canada’s economy. How much more serious can things get?

The West should cease trading with China – and yes, there are alternative sources of rare Earths

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The West should cease trading with China – and yes, there are alternative sources of rare Earths  – Don’t Panic about Rare Earth Elements. If that happened the odds are that it would result in the  overthrow of the  CCP.  Anything less than that and China will become ever stronger. RH 

Don’t Panic about Rare Earth ElementsJeremy HsuThe materials used in iPhones and Tesla cars need not become a long-term casualty of a U.S.-China trade war

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16300/china-containment

The Containment of China

by Lawrence A. Franklin
August 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

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The Containment of ChinaLawrence A. FranklinAfter China’s many transgressions over the past 50 years… the military containment of Chinese expansionism and…

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  • After China’s many transgressions over the past 50 years… the military containment of Chinese expansionism and Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping’s stated goal of world domination needs to be the highest foreign policy priority of the Free World.
  • Countries could also be enjoined to cancel all commercial activity with China. Why fund one’s enemy and make him stronger?
  • China’s walk-in-the-park takeover of Hong Kong — an illegal appropriation — undoubtedly served to whet China’s expansionist appetite.
  • The firm tone of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s July 13 declaration that the U.S. rejects China’s fake claims in the South China Sea as mostly illegal will probably be seen as “just words.” The U.S. might need to convince Beijing that the U.S. and its allies have the political will to implement this containment.
  • China’s leaders are surely hoping that the current U.S. administration’s aversion to war will enable the Communists to pick off new territory with relative ease; the U.S. should not even let them think of such a possibility.
  • The Chinese Communist Party’s narrative is that the U.S. administration is threatening all the people of China. One Chinese state CCTV anchor added that the “U.S. fights for greed and arrogance,” but that “China will fight for a new world.” It certainly will — if we let it.
After China’s many transgressions over the past 50 years, the military containment of Chinese expansionism and Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping’s stated goal of world domination needs to be the highest foreign policy priority of the Free World. Pictured: China’s Long March 10, a new Jin-class nuclear submarine, participates in a naval parade Shandong province on April 23, 2019. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP via Getty Images)

After China’s many transgressions over the past 50 years — including the theft of $600 billion of U.S. intellectual property each year; Beijing’s malignant cover-up of the Covid-19 virus; the Communist regime’s attempts to blind US airmen with lasers; constructing military islands in the South China Sea, and last month sending a massive fleet of 250 Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, to name but a few — the military containment of Chinese expansionism and Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping’s stated goal of world domination needs to be the highest foreign policy priority of the Free World.

The ultimate objective of this initiative would be to prevent Communist China’s aggression against the independent states of the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

China’s walk-in-the-park takeover of Hong Kong — an illegal appropriation — undoubtedly served to whet China’s expansionist appetite.

The first military containment of China could encompass a broad and multi-tiered defense perimeter in an arc extending from Japan’s coastal waters, southeast to the continent of Australia, and northwest to the Himalayan borderlands between China and India, where China has already been attempting a land invasion. Although China’s recent record of malign behavior has drawn the ire of many, China is encouragingly vulnerable. Fourteen states share sections of China’s land borders, and the Chinese already have territorial disputes with 18 countries.

The leaders of China’s Communist Party have been clear about China’s territorial claims, particularly in the South China Sea. China’s claim there, if realized, would include about 85% of the waters off China and most of the island archipelagos within the South China Sea. The United States needs to be unambiguously clear that it will physically block any Chinese effort to realize any baseless assertions of Chinese sovereignty. America’s determination also needs be transparent so that Chinese leaders do not doubt U.S. resolve, in case China might be tempted to check it by staging a violent incident.

The firm tone of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s July 13 declaration that the U.S. rejects China’s fake claims in the South China Sea as mostly illegal will probably be seen as “just words.” The U.S. might need to convince Beijing that America and its allies have the political will to implement this containment. Pompeo also drew a line by asserting that the U.S. will defend the sovereignty of smaller South China Sea states — a conflict with China’s own often-stated claims.

For the U.S. to secure the endorsement of the Archipelago of Southeast Asian states, they first must be certain that the U.S. commitment to defend their sovereignty is unequivocal and permanent.

Many regional countries have been threatened by Chinese military assets and pushed to abandon their sovereign fishing and energy exploratory activities in waters claimed by China. In mid-June, for instance, a Chinese vessel rammed a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters near the Paracel Islands, an archipelago chain claimed by both China and Vietnam. China in 2019-2020 continued to infuriate Indonesia by claiming sovereignty of waters inside Indonesia’s 200-mile economic zone, an area that would give Beijing sovereignty over the Indonesian Natuna Islands. In mid-April of this year, Malaysia was apparently shocked into the reality of China’s aggressive claims when a Chinese vessel, along with several Chinese Coast Guard vessels, boldly entered Malaysian waters clearly within Malaysia’s internationally recognized 200 hundred mile economic zone.

It seems to have been, however, the June 9, 2019 ramming and subsequent sinking of a Philippine fishing boat off Reed Bank in the Philippine Sea that had geopolitical ramifications. The incident happened shortly after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reversed himself and decided to keep a military defense pact with the U.S. His turnabout permitted continued U.S. access to Philippine air and naval bases, thus preserving the decades-long defense treaty between the U.S. and the Philippines, an important link in any wall to contain China.

Given the many examples of China’s aggressive behavior toward its neighbors, and with Taiwan now being openly threatened as well, another U.S. option, already undertaken, to lend substance to the military wall against China, was to send more U.S. military ships to the region to seriously increase the protection of the South China Sea, the American island of Guam, Ecuador and whatever else might be challenged.

A diplomatic plan might include a request that Australia — which has not only been unbudgeable despite Chinese pressure, but also has friendly ties with all governments in the area — host a summit of regional state political and military leaders. Representatives from the U.S., Japan, India, and Taiwan could attend, while permitting the host nation, Australia, to elicit the views and, one hopes, the commitment to contain the threat.

Subsequently, the U.S could dispatch policy and military teams to several regional states to discuss bilateral defense arrangements. These bilateral understandings could, in time, be linked up with already existing multinational defense organizations, such as “The Quad“: Japan, Australia, India and the U.S. In September, for the first time, all four members of the Quad will probably participate together in the India-hosted Malabar military exercises. This multinational barrier for containment could be further concretized by continuous regional military exercises, arms sales, military training exchange programs, and operational planning, as well as ports, bases, and airport visitations. Countries could also be enjoined to cancel all commercial activity with China. Why fund one’s enemy and make him stronger? This program functioned well in the Free World’s “Cold War” with the Soviet Union.

For this multinational initiative to survive and evolve into a formidable edifice to frustrate any Chinese territorial aspirations, the U.S. must lead “from the front” by frequent “Freedom of Navigation” operations through contested straits and other sensitive waterways to reinforce the legitimacy of international law on the high seas. Some of these freedom of navigation operations could be conducted in the Formosa (Taiwan) Strait between Taiwan and China. Another exercise could be in the disputed waters of the Tokara and Miyako Straits near Japan and China.

Another U.S. move, in coordination of member states, would be to extend the existing program of the “Five Eyes” (the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) arrangement of intelligence sharing, when it pertains to China, to other allies, perhaps initially India and Japan. The U.S. and its allies should probably be prepared for an attempt by China to initiate provocative action against one or more of the states in the region. In response, they might dispatch combat vessels to confront aggressors or rescue those who might need rescuing.

If China should respond to allied containment activities in a more robust military fashion, the massive naval and air power of the U.S. 7th Fleet, based in Yokouska, Japan, should be sufficient to check any aggressive Chinese moves. The 7th Fleet could also be substantially reinforced by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, headquartered in Hawaii. Any decision by the U.S. to adopt the military containment of China as a policy must assume that China might retaliate. China’s leaders are surely hoping that the current U.S. administration’s aversion to war will enable the Communists to pick off new territory with relative ease; the U.S. should not even let them think of such a possibility.

Spokespersons for member states should not hesitate to declare that it is the mandatory duty of free states to oppose the universal ambitions of the totalitarian Party-State of the People’s Republic of China and its aim eclipsing the United States. This goal is made abundantly clear in their own publications, such as the May 19, 2019 Chinese Communist Party official organ, People’s Daily and the Xinhua News Agency declaring “People’s War” on America. The Party’s narrative is that the U.S. administration is threatening all the people of China. One Chinese state CCTV anchor added that the “U.S. fights for greed and arrogance,” but that “China will fight for a new world.” It certainly will — if we let it.

The Biggest Threat to Canada — Red China: URGENT READ IF YOU LOVE CANADA AND YOUR CHILDREN/GRANDCHILDREN

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The Biggest Threat to Canada — Red China: URGENT READ IF YOU LOVE CANADA AND YOUR CHILDREN/GRANDCHILDREN

I have been putting off writing this post for quite some time. I do not apologize for the length of this post. I could literally write a book on this subject. So, I have filtered it down as much as possible without sacrificing the bare minimum you would need to understand the situation, we as Canadians, find ourselves in today. You can take the time to read it, or you can ignore it. Its my job apparently to be the one to post this. It’s your job to decide what, if anything, you want to do about it.

I cannot however sit idly by and watch what is going on in our country right now. This is CANADA. How could I look my daughter in the eye later in life without knowing I did everything possible to fight and stop this nonsense.

Canada is under attack. You have to realize this by now. We have been infiltrated at the highest levels of government. Everyone talking to you on the TV, is paid by our infiltrated and/or corrupt government. You are told what to think and you are told what to believe and you are told how to act – and you obey.

Nortel was the most powerful internet company in the world, handling 70% of the worlds internet traffic. They were the jewel of the tech world, and they were Canadian. Starting in 2004, Nortel began being infiltrated by the Communist Government of China. Using all of the Intellectual Property stolen from Nortel, Huawei was born. Hauwei proceeded to bid against every Nortel opportunity, and using their own technology, by 2009, Nortel was bankrupt. Canada was the global leader in technology. Now those billions of dollars and ultimately 100’s of 1000’s of high paid, highly skilled employees, along with world leading Canadian technology, now belonged to China.

https://globalnews.ca/…/inside-the-chinese-military-attack…/

Shortly after the bankruptcy of Nortel, in 2010, The director of CSIS, TEN YEARS AGO, in an unprecedented move, came on CBC News and warned us that our government is being infiltrated by hostile foreign nations.

https://youtu.be/5j-tRKdMx8g

From the very top, our Government has been completely infiltrated by the Communist Government of China. These senior officials are either directly complicit in the motives of China, or are direct agents of the Chinese Government and Communist Party.

Justin Trudeau has sent $100’s of Millions of dollars to China. Under the guise of “climate change” and “women’s health”. When the United States backed out of their membership with the World Health Organization (WHO), Justin Trudeau stepped up and committed the United States near $1 Billion commitment. The WHO is a Communist China controlled organization.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/…/a-global-challenge-pm-trudeau-comm…

Trudeau has committed our 5G infrastructure and network contract to Hauwei. Yes, the same Hauwei who infiltrated and bankrupted Nortel. Trudeau is literally paying and rewarding China for stealing Canadian technology, stealing billions of dollars from our economy, stealing 100’s of 1000’s of high paying jobs from our country. He’s also submarining other Canadian Tech companies with 5G capabilities (for example Telus or Rogers) and handing these contracts and these jobs and the further technological development, off the backs of Canadian tax payers – to communist China.

As if this is not bad enough, Trudeau is alienating us from our allies. We are the only “5 eyes nations” (security data sharing co-operative) who are allowing Hauwei into our country and allowing Communist China access to all of our data.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/…/article-canada-now-only-…/

As a result, this prompted the US president to threaten to line our borders with US military. Even though the US president has backed off of this threat for now, you must understand that the rest of the world is very well aware Canada is falling to Communist China. No one is going to help us if we allow this to happen

https://globalnews.ca/…/coronavirus-militarizing-canada-us…/

Everyone keeps insisting, that despite all the science, despite all logic and reason, we must listen to the experts. Ok, but, which experts should we listen to? Dr Tam?

Well, how come the last 2 experts who held Dr Tam’s role in Canada, both disagree with her?

https://www.660citynews.com/…/health-experts-covid-strate…/…

So, which “expert” should we listen to? Is Dr Tam more qualified than both her previous predecessors? The answer is of course not. Anyone who has followed my posts, since the very first day of COVID lockdowns, understands I have spoken up loudly against these measures. The science simply does not support it. These are politically motivated actions. These public health policies are Communist China Public Health policies. These public health policies are meant to control a population, and allow a tyrannical government the ability to take over the economy. These ARE NOT Canadian Public Health policies.

A candidate for the Canadian Conservative Party leadership, publicly expressed these concerns re Dr Tam. For his efforts, he was labelled a “racist” and was nearly expelled from the party. Although he refused to apologize, he did later back down from his stance, and indicated he wasn’t questioning Dr Tam’s loyalty to Canada.

https://globalnews.ca/…/688…/derek-sloan-theresa-tam-attack/

Well, I am not Derek Sloan. I will say it loudly. Dr Tam is a traitor and Dr Tam works directly for Communist China. I don’t say this because she is of Asian descent. I say this, because she is a traitor. I love and respect all Chinese Canadians loyal to Canada. I myself am from an off the boat immigrant family. I am loyal to Canada. If someone from my country of origin were a high ranking government official and acting as a traitor, I would also call them a traitor. I would not be racist against myself for saying so. All of the Chinese Canadians I know, are amazing people. They are my friends and my neighbours. I do not know Dr Tam, and I do not want to know her. She needs to resign immediately.

In a similar way, Chrystia Freeland, is also obviously a traitor. She however is white, so, I presume I will be labelled a “sexist” instead of a “racist” in this case? She has been hand picked and placed as the Deputy PM in Canada, and when our current Minister of Finance stepped down as a result of the corruption in our Federal Government, she was also named Canada’s new Minister of finance. She is on PUBLIC RECORD, stating the economy cannot be resumed, unless it is resumed within the framework of her radical environmentalist ideology. Am I the only one asking what Public Health COVID lockdowns have to do with her environmental ideology? Am I the only one asking why the small business and private sector needs to be destroyed over COVID and public health policies, but, cannot be resumed until her flagrant socialist economy, thinly veiled beneath a radical environmentalist ideology is implemented?

Chrystia Freeland is the author of a book called

“Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else in 2012”

It’s ironic that her policies are directly destroying “everyone else”. Small business owners, private sector, etc. The ONLY ones thriving under Dr Tam’s and Chrystia Freeland’s policies, are the new “Global Super-Rich”. If you read Chrystia Freeland’s book, you would understand. It is pure Marxist Rhetoric. Proletariat vs Bourgeois. She is an open Communist, and in all likelihood, either directly an agent of Communist China or willingly complicit in Communist China policies.

We are seeing the impossible happen in Canada. We are playing identity politics at the highest levels of our governments. We are told we are “systematically racist”, thereby justifying the dismantling of our entire system. We are told some of us have inherent “privilege”. We are being divided into groups, and those groups are being turned against each other. We have been locked in our homes, we have been forced to wear masks, we have been forced to mask our children. Our small business sector is being obliterated, and the barriers of entry to start a new business have been massively expanded. A significant percentage of the population has been moved to permanent government assistance. Unemployment is soaring, Debt is soaring and our death rate is soaring (and not from COVID). The only people profiting are our government officials and the largest corporations (who are all turning record profits) – and of course – The communist government of China. We are told this is about “equity” and about “fairness”, but, as these malicious practices have always done, anywhere and everywhere they have been implemented, wealth always moves out of the citizens hands, and back into the hands of the few. There is no one fighting this in Canada. From our most senior politicians right through to our media, they are all beating the same drum.

For Pete’s sake, Chrystia Freeland is openly stating her intention to sink the Canadian energy segment and refuses to re-open our economy from COVID lockdowns, until we implement her environmentalist strategy. And who do you think will provide all that energy and infrastructure for her new “Green” economy. Communist China of course.

https://www.bloomberg.com/…/trudeau-plots-sharpest-turn-lef…

We are watching the communist take over of our country – and its not subtle.

The world is watching us. Everyone is very very well aware what is happening in Canada.

Australian Scholar Clive Hamilton, recently published a book called “Hidden Hand”, which chronicles how Beijing uses elites in target countries to extend its influence and control. He says, and I quote

“Beijing’s Promotion of Election Candidates it controls most advanced in Canada”

I searched for the THE MOST CRITICAL REVIEW of Clive Hamilton’s book I could find. You simply cannot accept anything less than is concluded within this review

https://theconversation.com/book-review-hidden-hand-exposin

From the director of CSIS’s public warnings 10 years ago, to Clive Hamilton’s world renowned work being published today, to everything you are watching around you.

Maybe you should ask yourself why the media is doing nothing except talking about infection rates and divisive identity politics. They cant even discuss death rates anymore, as no one is dying – at least not from COVID. So, they switched the narrative to “stop the spread” to keep you scared and compliant. Why do you not know about the massive infiltration by Communist China into our government, when the rest of the world is well aware of this and state it matter of factly?

The Communist Government of China either owns via subsidiaries or by influence, massive chunks of our media. The same media that is funded with our tax dollars. The same media which drives horrific public health policies, has you masking your children and has us playing Marxist and Communist identity politics ideologies against each other

https://www.macleans.ca/…/canadas-media-is-in-thrall-to-ch…/

Do the exact opposite of everything the media tells you to do. Demand elections and clear out these infiltrated traitors from our government. Insist the new government stands up to China. Insist the new Government shows loyalty to our allies and re-aligns with our allies. Ensure our new government kicks Hauwei out of Canada, and works to build up Telus and Rogers to compete with them. Ensure the new government ends the FIPA agreement we have signed with China. Or do you honestly think that the US will protect us once China has soldiers all over our country and once they have occupied and destroyed us like they did to Hong Kong?

Finally – Insist the new Government stops funding our media with our tax dollars. Insist our Government funds independent Canadian media, who will once again operate as the “free press” and dilute the flagrant propaganda Communist China is force feeding you. Why is our tax funded media spending so much time turning us against our US allies? Have you never asked yourself that question? not even once? Why are our media pushing Identity Politics so heavily? Why are our media pushing Communist China Public Health Policies so heavily? Why are they pushing Hauwei so heavily? The Communist Government of China has infiltrated many countries, every country is dealing with this and fighting in their own way and to various degrees. No one is coming to help us. We are on our own. Other countries are fighting back. Canada is not. Are we simply going to surrender?

Take off your masks. You look ridiculous. Stop living your life in fear, because soon, you will be living your life in chains. Many brave hero’s sacrificed everything to allow you and your children to live free. — Andrew Rouchotas

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Time for Liberal government to give up ‘fiction’ that China is our friend, ex-diplomat warns MPs

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Time for Liberal government to give up ‘fiction’ that China is our friend, ex-diplomat warns MPs

Author of the article:Ryan Tumilty

Publishing date:Aug 06, 2020  • 

Flags of Canada and China in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images/File

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OTTAWA – On the same day another Canadian was sentenced to death on drug charges in China, MPs were warned Canada must adopt a tougher stance with the Asian nation.

The Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate Court announced Canadian Xu Weihong’s penalty on Thursday and said an alleged accomplice, Wen Guanxiong, had been given a life sentence.

The brief court statement gave no details but local media in the southern Chinese city at the heart of the country’s manufacturing industry said Xu and Wen had gathered ingredients and tools and began making the drug ketamine in October 2016. Police later confiscated more than 120 kilograms of the drug from Xu’s home

“Canada opposes the use of the death penalty in all cases, everywhere,” said Global Affairs Canada spokesman John Babcock. “Canada has consistently raised our firm opposition to the death penalty with China and will continue to do so.”

He said Canadian diplomats have given Xu consular assistance and were present for the sentencing. Canada is seeking clemency. Xu was arrested two years before Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on U.S. extradition charges.

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Death sentences are automatically referred to China’s highest court for review and are not rare for cases involving large amounts of drugs.

More than 18 months ago, in apparent retaliation for Meng’s arrest, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor, accusing them of vague national security crimes.

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China also handed a death sentence to convicted Canadian drug smuggler Robert Schellenberg in a sudden retrial after he had already been sentenced.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said there was no connection between Xu’s sentencing and current China-Canada relations.

“I would like to stress that China’s judicial authorities handle the relevant case independently in strict accordance with Chinese law and legal procedures,” Wang said at a daily briefing Thursday.

Canada’s former ambassador to China David Mulroney told a parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday that it’s time for a change in Canada’s approach to the country, a change he doesn’t believe the Liberal government is yet willing to make.

“It is not clear that the government has completely given up the fiction that China is our friend,” he said. “This long overdue course correction must be shared with Canadians who would be enormously reassured.”

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Mulroney was supposed to appear alongside former ambassadors John McCallum and Robert Wright, but those two declined the invitation to appear. The committee voted to formally summon them to testify.

David Mulroney, then Canadian Ambassador To China, in 2011. ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images/File

In June, a group of high-profile Canadians wrote a letter calling for a prisoner exchange with Meng to get Spavor and Kovrig back, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promptly rejected. Mulroney said that letter was concerning.

“It worries me when I see people who are thought leaders seem to lack the sense of energy to defend our national interests,” he said.

He said he believes prominent people, former politicians and government officials, doing businesses with China should have to be upfront about any business ties.

“If you choose to go to work for China or another country, you can do that, but you have to be transparent.”

Mulroney argued for Canada to stand with allies to pressure China together. He said China can punish one country economically, but can’t do that to a coalition of countries standing together.

“The reality is that Canada has what China needs,” he said. “China needs the products that Canada, Australia and the United States produce.”

MPs also heard warnings about China’s motives in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Hong Kong is becoming a second Tibet

The leader of Tibet’s unofficial government-in-exile warned Canadian MPs that China is attempting to subjugate Hong Kong and Taiwan just as it did to his country more than 70 years ago.

Lobsang Sangay, president of the Central Tibetan Administration, testified that Hong Kong is losing its freedoms just as his country once did.

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“Hong Kong is becoming a second Tibet.”

Tibet was an independent country until 1950, but after a brief battle with Chinese soldiers came under central control. As with Hong Kong, the country had some autonomy, but that disappeared in 1959.

“All those promises made to the Tibetan people were betrayed and they will be in Hong Kong as well,” he said. “All this clearly shows that what happened in Tibet 60 years ago is happening all over the world today.”

Sangay said China will be a democracy in time and the leadership is simply fighting against history, but he said it is up to the international community to push them in the right direction.

“Democracy is inevitable. We must push China to embrace democracy and human rights.”

– with files from the Canadian Press 

Who is Dr. Theresa Tam?

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Who is Dr. Theresa Tam?

by Kidist Paulos Asrat

 
Armed for Work: Dr. Theresa Tam arrives at meeting determined to impose Chinese-style health measures upon Canadians.


The official line is that she is the “Chief Public Health Officer” of Canada. With this position, she has become, in effect, the Canadian official behind the government’s COVID-19 containment strategy. But who is Theresa Tam, really?  How did she acquire such a powerful position, with the ability to close down a whole nation based on such inconsequential statistics of 3-4% cases, which even the 2018 flu virus, with double the cases, wasn’t able to do?

Teresa Tam Locks Down Canada


Tam appears daily in the living room of Canadians reporting on the state of the virus on various television stations with her government colleagues, Minister of Health Patty Hajdu and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, telling Canadians to “practice physical distancing” to “fight” this “pandemic.”

Initially, Tam questioned the public health risks of the virus:

Right now, the cases are in China. Very few are exported. Yes, there’s human-to-human transmission, but those are generally for close contacts…for the general public…the risk is low in Canada.

But all this changed by late March, and Tam told Canadians in her April 3 television update:

There are now 11, 747 cases of COVID-19, including 152 deaths. Again this represents infections from previous exposures, and not what is happening right now. So our urge is that even if you’re not hearing about cases in your community, it doesn’t mean that there is no risk of exposure, and we must all consider that anyone could be infected and keep our two meter distance as the safest approach. [Tam’s full presentation is available here.]

Her message now is that anyone, and everyone, could be infected. This was her rationale for assisting in the nation-wide emergency alert to Canadians that they “Stay Home; Restez a la Maison.”

“So, of course, we owe it to everyone to not put Canadians at risk, and to do all we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 right now,” says Tam of her decision. Her prescription is to “practice social distancing, self-isolation, hand hygiene.” Her recommendations have indeed evolved into simplistic symbols, the images for which bear a strong resemblance to public health information on avoiding the flu, which are presented every year for the virus which, at its most lethal, killed 8,500 people in 2018. And the country has never shut down for fear of the flu.


The only item missing on the Corona-Checklist is “Get Vaccinated.” So far.


And from this information, a lockdown of dutiful, and guilt-ridden, Canadians became the reality. Across the country, dutiful citizens closed their shops, left jobs, shuttered schools and daycare centres, and stayed home, waiting for Tam’s daily updates, to urge them to participate in the next battle tactic against their invisible enemy, who could be lurking anywhere.

And they all obliged. Tam’s draconian “Stay Home/ Restez a la Maison” ordinance could be the beginning of much stricter enforcements to come, based on her premise that “anyone could be infected,” which means that we could all be infected.

Mississauga’s (Ontario) City Centre, with blocked off, empty parking lots, which are normally filled to capacity


As the Chief Health Officer in Canada, Tam provides the data, the analyses, and the recommendations on health care and enforcement to the government. Prime Minister Trudeau, clearly following the advice of his Chief Public Health Officer, officially stated in March 29 during his daily update that:

There are no plans to call in Canada’s military to enforce quarantine or self-isolation measures amid COVID-19.

Trudeau continues, with a hint of what might come for those who don’t follow these regulations:

The Canadian Armed Forces are there to help when Canada is in need…Right now we have not received any specific requests and there are no plans underway to have the army intervene.


“All Canadians must act now to reduce the spread,” orders Tam in her pre-taped video, which has the air of an infomercial, appearing periodically on the CBC and CTV. And her emphatic “now” has a clear subtext that there are serious consequences for those who don’t help to “reduce the spread” of this “serious public health threat.”

So here we are, in the midst of the “global health crisis.”

So Who is Dr Theresa Tam?


Who is this woman now in charge of providing the “chief” medical information concerning Canada’s lockdown? Where did she come from? There is very little available on her biography, very little personal (and even professional) information on Tam. Somewhere there was a post that she was 55 years old, but I couldn’t find:

  • Her date of birth
  • Her place of birth (other than “raised in Hong Kong”)
  • The dates of her various degrees – I even went into the UBC and UA websites looking for alumni profiles.
  • There are no listings of her theses and dissertation.

She is listed having expertise in immunization, infectious disease, emergency preparedness and global health security. Something more specific, and odd, is: “she is a graduate of the The Canadian Field Epidemiology Program” which looks like an internship or upgrades for employees in the Public Health Agency of Canada.
 
But I couldn’t find her medical school records to find her year of graduation, or any other post-grad qualifications.
 
I am usually pretty good at finding out some of this information, but to draw a blank on almost all the key components that make up a biographical profile is very strange.


Wikipedia states her birth place as Hong Kong, that she grew up in Britain, obtaining her medical degree in the University of Nottingham, with further studies at the University of Alberta for her residency, and the University of British Columbia under a fellowship.

A page on the Government of Canada website states that she is an expert in “immunization, infectious disease, and global health security.”

The World Health Organization’s international website lists her as “an international expert on a number of World Health Organization committees” including SARS, pandemic influenza and polio eradication.

Her associations with the World Health Organization (WHO), I believe, has brought her in contact with Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Eritrean Director General of WHO, who was key in starting the misinformation about the global coronavirus panic. Ghebreyesus downplayed the virus’ outbreak in Wuhan, China, defending China’s President Xi’s misinformation on the severity of the virus, and refusing to support President Trump’s travel bans and restrictions of flights from China.

Tedros Gebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on January 28, 2020 in Beijing. China Politics


Tam has close links with the WHO as a consultant. I believe she personally knows Tedros Gebreyesus (the Eritrean Director General of WHO), who was key in starting the misinformation about the global panic. She is a feminist and a socialist, as Tedros is also a life-long Marxist, starting from his political positions in the various Ethiopian Marxist governments from the 1980s and the 2000s.

She has politicized her role in Canadians’ health and well-being. She declares, following the socialist mandates of the WHO, which is clearly her own political stance:

A healthy Canada requires us to level the [social] playing field.

And she was present at a conference in Vancouver in 2019 titled “Women Deliver,” presented by an organization which aims to indoctrinate young women, Canadian alike, with feminism, by advancing “Gender Equality and the health, rights and well-being of girls and women everywhere.”

She is also involved in the WHO’s various vaccinations (immunization) projects, working also under three of WHO’s emergency committees: Ebola, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and poliovirus.

We learn from Carolyn Brown’s article, “WHO veteran heads up Canadian public health“, that, according to Tam, “emergency committee members do not represent their countries.” Brown explains that Tam “was selected for her background in field epidemiology, travel health, emergency medicine and pandemic preparedness.”

 
Tam is an advocate for vaccinations, pressing for the coronavirus vaccine, which requires $CAN 192 million for its development, despite the very low fatal cases from the virus, with the majority of those affected resuming full recovery. This puts her as an expert on vaccine preparation, which has been the topic of her latest updates on the conronavirus fight. But here is a report on the risks of a coronavirus vaccine, which Tam has not presented in any of her reports.

Tam has worked with other health emergencies before, including the Ebola outbreak, SARS and the H1N1 influenza, which helped her prepare her COVID-19 health strategy. Three years ago, discussing the SARS epidemic, Tam stated that her job would be all about “harnessing the efforts of the many to protect and promote the health of all Canadians, including the most vulnerable in our society.”

When she said those words nearly three years ago, Tam probably didn’t imagine she would be ordering Canadians not to leave the country and to socially distance themselves en masse.

Recently, the Canadian government made donations to China of masks, gloves, and protective gear, while at the same time Canada was beginning to experience shortages of these materials. The donation and the shortages were discussed in the Senate. I believe it is the Chinese Tam who was behind all this.

Opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer tweeted on March 26 regarding these “donations”

Outrageous. Drs across the country are facing urgent shortages of critical supplies. PM must explain why he sent 50,118 face shields, 1,101 masks, 1,820 goggles, 36,425 coveralls, 200,000 nitrile gloves and 3,000 aprons from Canada’s own gov’t reserves oversees in Feb.


The Media Says “A Star is Born”


This uncharismatic woman with the monotonous voice is being touted as “a new star is born” who “offer[s] clarity in the age of the coronavirus.”

“A Star is Born”: Emergency Fundraising T-Shirt (Dr. Theresa Tam), C$45.00


Tam downplays the China origins of the virus, attempting to silence those who hold views that link the virus to China, and Chinese in Canada, by warning Canadians to stop stigmatizing the Chinese in Canada. Her accusations of racist acts towards Chinese in Canada are largely anecdotal, which is strange as she is supposed to be an expert on epidemiology and data analysis,

Tam writes on her twitter page:

These actions create a divide of us versus them…Canada is a country built on the deep-rooted values of respect, diversity and inclusion.

I should add that there is a revealing item from CPAC on face masks which brings up Tam’s own reference to her Chinese background, and where I believe she sends subtle messages of the kind of draconian, perpetual, “imprisonment” of people behind masks, as she says people in China have become accustomed to.

It is a long video on an April 3 update, but the points she makes are at 36:21 – 36.26 (I’ve transcribed them):

I think we’re all learning, through, I think particularly Western societies that are not used to wearing masks in public, are sort of learning this as we are going along, and so, some of this information I think is in real time, undergoing evolution.

I wonder if she is a lesbian? Her whole demeanor, sometimes charming, at others draconian, and also the weird all-black legging and jacket she wore in one of her photos (I’ve put in the article), her unkempt hair, unlike Hajdu and Freedland who attempt at some femininity, suggests this.
 
All in all, Canada’s health is being overseen by a Chinese women we know very little about, with a very strange personality.

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Kidist Paulos Asrat has a website, Reclaiming Beauty.

BREAKING: China lied about coronavirus cases US intelligence says & Canada’s Sino-servile Liberal Establishment Cried Racism Rather Than Blocking or Testing Travellers from China

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BREAKING: China lied about coronavirus cases US intelligence says & Canada’s Sino-servile Liberal Establishment Cried Racism Rather Than Blocking or Testing Travellers from China

 

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: China lied about coronavirus cases US intelligence says

The country has allegedly under-reported the total number of cases and deaths in connection with the virus.

Sam McGriskin Montreal, QC

1st April 2020 2 mins read

China has not revealed the extent to which the coronavirus outbreak has affected the country according to US intelligence. The country has allegedly under-reported the total number of cases and deaths in connection with the virus. Bloomberg News reported that three US officials said information on the subject was released to the White House in a classified report.

The officials did not want to be identified due to the secrecy of the report and did not provide further details on its contents. They did note however, that China intentionally provided incomplete reporting on the number of cases and the overall death toll. According to two of the officials, information in the report says China’s numbers are fake.

One official added that the White House received the report last week.

The outbreak started in Hubei, China in 2019 and data from Johns Hopkins University shows that China has reported around 82,000 cases of the disease and 3,300 deaths. The U.S. has reported 189,000 cases and over 4,000 deaths—the world’s largest publicly reported outbreak.

Skepticism of China’s numbers has grown both inside and outside of the country as several methodologies have been used to count cases. The country did not include asymptomatic people in its counts until only recently. Over 1,500 people without symptoms were added to China’s total on Tuesday.

In Hubei province, people began to doubt the reporting when thousands of urns were stacked outside funeral homes.

In a news conference on Tuesday, State Department immunologist Deborah Birx who is advising on the subject at the White house said, “The medical community made—interpreted the Chinese data as: This was serious, but smaller than anyone expected.”

“Because I think probably we were missing a significant amount of the data, now that what we see happened to Italy and see what happened to Spain.”

Iran, Indonesia, Russia and particularly North Korea are suspected of similar faulty reporting by Western officials. North Korea has not even reported one case of the disease. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have also been suspected of underreporting.

Michael Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, has accused China of not revealing the extent of the problem many times.

“This data set matters,” Pompeo said during a news conference on Tuesday. Development of Public health measures and medical therapies used for combating coronavirus “so that we can save lives depends on the ability to have confidence and information about what has actually transpired,” he added.

“I would urge every nation: Do your best to collect the data. Do your best to share that information.”

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Chris Selley of The National Post (March 31, 2020) exposes how many of Ottawa’s very deferential to China “experts” were woefully wrong with advice not to close the borders to people coming from the epicentre of the Coronavirus — Red China.

Chris Selley: Official nonsense on masks, travel bans is killing Ottawa’s COVID-19 credibility

When officials say ‘masks don’t work,’ regular people hear, ‘we have a dire shortage of masks for frontline healthcare workers so please give us your masks’

On Saturday, the federal government announced passengers with COVID-19 symptoms would be barred from domestic air and train travel, effective noon on Monday. “It will be important for operators of airlines and trains to ensure that people who are exhibiting symptoms do not board,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters.

Does that make sense? It’s a question Canadians seem to be asking more and more about this country’s coronavirus response. And for governments and public health officials, it’s a dangerous one. All too often, the answer is “no.”

“What about buses?” many asked on social media of Saturday’s announcement. Buses are provincial jurisdiction, the feds noted. “What about ferries?” asked the Canadian Ferry Association. Good question. Ferries are Transport Canada’s business. No answer yet. Mind you, transport operators don’t yet have any guidance on how exactly they’re supposed to “ensure” symptomatic people don’t travel. It doesn’t make much sense.

Furthermore, we have been told over and over again that any measures carriers might implement — temperature sensors, for example — simply don’t work. “The positive predictive value of screening is essentially zero,” the authors of a widely cited 2005 study reported, based on Canadian airports’ experience with thermal scanners during the 2003 SARS outbreak.

One of the authors of that study was Theresa Tam, who is now Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer. She’s the one doling out all the science that Trudeau insists underpins every single decision he and his ministers make: “Our focus every step of the way is doing what (is) necessary at every moment based on the recommendations of experts, based on science and doing what we can to keep Canadians safe,” the prime minister said Monday.

It’s more than a bit awkward — but not as awkward as federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s immortal March 13th dismissal of travel restrictions: “Canadians think we can stop this at the border, but what we see is a global pandemic, meaning that border measures actually are highly ineffective and in some cases can create harm.” Five days later, the border slammed shut.

We are to believe all of the positions above were supported by the same scientific experts. That doesn’t make sense. Clearly the experts supported the more lenient measures, and then politics intervened.

Clearly the experts supported the more lenient measures, and then politics intervened

Appearing before the Health Committee on January 29, Tam strongly dismissed the notion even of having all travellers from COVID-19 hot zones self-isolate for 14 days. She warned against “stigmatizing” communities. She very nearly suggested we couldn’t implement travel restrictions even if we wanted to. “Right now… (the World Health Organization) does not recommend travel bans,” she warned the committee. “We are a signatory to the International Health Regulations and we’ll be called to account if we do anything different.”

The WHO still recommends against travel restrictions, even to and from especially affected countries. No one seems to be “calling us to account.”

It could well be that by the time Canadians started calling for travel restrictions, it was already too late to implement useful ones. That’s what research generally concludes. But research also acknowledges the political inevitability of travel crackdowns. They just make too much sense to too many people. Federal ministers and public health officials recklessly undermined themselves by so forcefully rejecting measures that made so much sense to so many people Health Minister Patty Hajdu. Justin Tang/The Canadian Press

“Security theatre can be dangerous — but the absence of security theatre can be dangerous too,” Martha Pillinger, an associate at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, wrote in Foreign Policy last month. “Apparent inaction (or insufficient action) erodes trust in public health authorities, which undermines response efforts.”

Indeed, Tam is asking a lot of Canadians to set aside a lot of common sense right now. There is ample evidence that face masks — even homemade ones — can provide significant protection to the uninfected. But Tam warns only of the potential pitfalls: Masks can provide “a false sense of security,” lead to more face-touching or make us forget to wash our hands. “Putting a mask on an asymptomatic person is not beneficial,” she said at her Monday press conference.

That makes sense to a lot of medical professionals. A lot of regular people, however, are pretty sure they know how to wash their hands and not touch their faces. When officials say “masks don’t work,” a lot of regular people hear “we have an inexcusable shortage of masks for frontline healthcare workers so please give us your masks.” When officials say “you don’t need to be tested,” they are likely to hear “we have inexcusably few tests available and not enough lab capacity to process the ones we have.”

Officials recklessly undermined themselves by so forcefully rejecting measures that made so much sense to so many people

On Sunday, Tam sternly advised Canadians against retreating to any “rural properties” they might own. “These places have less capacity to manage COVID-19,” she told reporters in Ottawa. That makes sense, as do concerns about straining off-season supply chains. But let’s say you’ve been extremely careful. You’re symptom free. You pack up a week’s worth of groceries, drive 90 minutes or two hours non-stop to your cottage, camp, farm or chalet, and don’t interact with a single other human being. How dangerous, how irresponsible could that really be? If the cottage is good enough for Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and the kids, who beetled off to Harrington Lake on Sunday, some people might conclude it’s good enough for them.

Public health officials want to prevent people from asking such questions, from making excuses for themselves, in hopes the maximum number of people will take the maximum precautions. They need smart people to forsake relatively low-risk things in order to counterbalance all the dumb people who do high-risk things no matter what they’re told. None of the measures will ever make perfect sense in every single situation. They are calls to collective sacrifice for the greater good. But they can’t keep changing on the fly, with no explanation other than “the experts got more worried overnight,” and remain credible.

On Monday, Trudeau declined even to say he regretted not moving quicker on measures he now insists are essential.

Does that make sense? No, that doesn’t make sense.

Criticism of the Chinese government’s handling of coronavirus is not racism

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Criticism of the Chinese government’s handling of coronavirus is not racism

Marcus Kolga: By wrapping themselves in ethno-nationalist rhetoric, the Chinese Communist Party often claims that a critique of their actions is equivalent to a critique of their people—a tried and true tactic in the authoritarian playbook

Marcus Kolga is a digital communications strategist and expert on foreign disinformation. He is a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Centre for Advancing Canada’s Interests Abroad.

When we criticize the actions of governments run by autocrats and dictators, like those in Russia and China, we must bear in mind that it is not the citizens who are responsible for their government’s abuse and negligence; they are in fact, the greatest victims of it.

For instance, the Chinese people bear no responsibility for their government’s illegitimate imprisonment of Canadians Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Hussein Celil. It is also the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) criminal negligence that directly contributed to the mass outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, and the ensuing pandemic we face today. In fact, I very much doubt the families of China’s COVID-19 victims are celebrating their government’s actions today.

When we criticize the actions of these governments, we must be very specific and accurate in directing our criticism towards those who are in power. In the case of China, it is the Communist Party that holds exclusive decision-making power, and in Russia, the Putin regime. In both cases, the people of these nations have no meaningful say in the decision-making process of their governments, and face arrest and imprisonment for criticizing them.

MORE: When will the Chinese government be held accountable for the spread of coronavirus?

By generalizing our disapproval and outrage towards the citizens of these regimes, we risk hurting and stigmatizing these communities, and that plays directly into the disinformation warfare tactics that such regimes are engaged in against the Western world, including accusations of “racism.”

Authoritarian regimes frequently label foreign criticism of their policies as “racist” as a way to delegitimize them and polarize debate. By wrapping themselves in ethno-nationalist rhetoric, these regimes often claim that a critique of their actions is equivalent to a critique of the people itself; this heightens the need to be precise with our language and aware of the propaganda efforts of authoritarian regimes. It’s a tried and true tactic in the authoritarian playbook.

China’s former ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, accused the Canadian government of “white supremacy” last year, when Canada demanded the release of its citizens who had been arbitrarily detained in China, in retaliation after Canada complied with a U.S. extradition request for Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou.

MORE: China kidnapped two Canadians. What will it take to free them?

Last week, the E.U. published a report that warned Vladimir Putin is seeking to use the COVID-19 pandemic to destabilize Western nations and undermine our alliances. The report states that the Russian government’s cynical disinformation attack is designed to “aggravate the public health crisis in Western countries, specifically by undermining public trust in national health care systems, thus preventing an effective response to the outbreak.”

In the apparent absence of any evidence that would disprove the E.U. claim, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Pskov accused the E.U. of “Russophobia” in an effort to intimidate European policy-makers, critics and media into silence.

The same tactic has been used by the Russian government to discredit Canadian political leaders, like Chrystia Freeland, whose Ukrainian background has been cited as tainting her judgment. Putin critics, like myself, have also been labelledRussophobic” for advocating for Canadian Magnitsky human rights legislation, a law that was lauded as the most pro-Russian measure that any Western government could take, according to assassinated Russian pro-democracy opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov.

Yet the concerns of Canadians who are worried about ethnic communities being stigmatized by the global pandemic must not be dismissed either. As the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin has pointed out, President Trump’s recent reference to COVID-19 being a “Chinese virus” is “simplistic but technically accurate,” and plays into the hands of Chinese Communist Party propagandists, who in turn use this to provoke anti-Trump and anti-Western sentiments.

Leading U.S.-based Chinese human rights activist Jianli Yang told me that he “may not like the term ‘Chinese virus’ that President Trump has been using in the past few days,” but he doesn’t believe “it is intended by him for any racist meaning.” He believes that Trump was using the term to counter the Chinese government’s attempts to “divert responsibility for its mishandling of the outbreak which has resulted in this global pandemic.”

Yang believes that “there should be and must be a moment when all, victimized individuals and countries, come together to hold the CCP regime accountable.”

Here in Canada, we can be fairly certain that our governments’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, at all three levels of government, have been shaped by our sensitivity to potential accusations of racism by Chinese government propaganda. Why else did Canada refrain from limiting travel from Hubei and China, only to close off virtually all foreign travel mere weeks later?

Canada is not alone in facing such foul accusations.

In Sweden, a former, long-serving Swedish MP, Gunnar Hökmark, wrote in a recent opinion piece that “China’s leaders should apologize to the world for epidemics coming from China because of the dictatorship’s failure to address food safety, animal standards, and because its repression of truth and the freedom of its own citizens.” China’s ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou condemned the statement and accused Hökmark of “stigmatizing” China. China’s ambassador also went on to criticize Hökmark, his colleague Patrik Oksanen and their think tank, the Stockholm Free World Forum, for being part of an “anti-China political machine” and for “attacking, slandering and stigmatizing China.”

Canadians and our government must take great care to avoid generalizations that risk stigmatizing Canadians of Chinese heritage, or any other community, whose governments engage in similar repressive behaviour, including the Russian and Iranian regimes. However, we must also be alert to regime propagandists who seek to dismiss and silence legitimate criticism of their actions when they smear critics with false accusations of “racism.”

As Jianli Yang underlined for me, “the Chinese Communist regime is not justified in accusing anyone of racism, who criticize its early-stage covering up of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the latest information (disinformation) war against other countries.”

Justin Trudeau on Castro’s Death- a PM without Common Sense

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Published on Dec 2, 2016

Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadain Association for Freedom of Expression gloats with talk show host Brian Ruhe about How Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stuck his foot in his mouth by overpraisingFidel Castro in his eulogy. Brian and Paul discuss the theory that Justin Trudeau is the son of Fidel Castro!

Below is a FAIR USE of an article by PAUL WELLS, National Affairs, Tues., Nov. 29, 2016, at:
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2…

I want to talk about the rest of Canada’s weird, hesitant relationship with Cuba. But first, since I’m just getting to it now, a few words about Justin Trudeau and Fidel Castro.

We haven’t seen Justin Trudeau mourn like this since his dad died. In expressing his “deep sorrow” at the death of Castro, a “larger than life” figure whom Trudeau lauded as “a legendary orator” —

Sorry, let’s just pause right there. Legendary orator? On Sept. 26, 1960, Castro addressed the United Nations General Assembly for four and a half hours, a record unchallenged to this day in the most boring room on earth. In 1998 in Havana, he spoke for seven and a half hours. Calling Castro a great orator is like calling porn legend Ron Jeremy a romantic: it confuses volume with quality.

Onward. Trudeau lauded Castro’s “tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people,” whose speech and dietary protein Castro rationed, by law, for decades. I guess it was tough love.

To be sure, Trudeau balanced his praise with criticism. “During Castro’s rule, thousands of Cubans were incarcerated in abysmal prisons, thousands more were harassed and intimidated, and entire generations were denied basic political freedoms,” the prime minister wrote. Just kidding! No, that last quote isn’t from Justin Trudeau at all. It’s from Human Rights Watch. As for the PM, in a communiqué overflowing with praise for Castro, he could find room for only one word about the Cuban dictator’s human rights record: “controversial.”

Nor can the PM’s defenders long sustain the notion that his statement must have been penned by some careless lackey in the Prime Minister’s Office. No, the communiqué is too solidly in line with the entire Trudeau family’s record on the man to be anything but an honest reflection of Justin Trudeau’s thought.

Castro was a pallbearer at Pierre Trudeau’s funeral. The PM’s brother Alexandre Trudeau wrote in this newspaper a decade ago that Castro was “something of a superman,” whose “intellect is one of the most broad and complete that can be found.” Alexandre Trudeau wrote that he “grew up knowing that Fidel Castro had a special place among my family’s friends,” even if ordinary Cubans “do occasionally complain, often as an adolescent might complain about a too strict and demanding father.”

One notes family similarities in prose style.

Justin Trudeau is defending the statement he made following the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro. The prime minister says he never shies away from addressing human rights issues.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
So a prime minister who claims to prize evidence-based policy was caught putting family connections ahead of the exhaustively documented abuses of a man whose death marks a crucial step in his own people’s long-delayed march toward freedom.

But the rest of us — we cold and bashful Canadians — will probably continue to watch Cuba as we have for decades, unsure or divided in our response to events in the land Fidel Castro leaves behind.

Exhibit A in the theatre of ambivalence is Justin Trudeau’s predecessor. Stephen Harper met Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother and still the president of Cuba, only 19 months ago, attending what would be Harper’s last Summit of the Americas in Panama City. The two men sat smiling awkwardly at each other in hard-backed chairs next to a little round table.

Probably most Canadians not named Trudeau have long known that Cubans did not have the government Canadians would want for them — and, indeed, not the government Cubans would choose, were they granted the freedom to change their minds about the revolution. But that knowledge doesn’t tell us which mix of engagement and isolation is wisest.

Most Canadian leaders have fallen back on a policy of doing a little less than the Americans. It’s a deeply unsatisfying policy. John Diefenbaker resisted putting Canadian forces on a war footing during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Harper let Obama decide on a change in stance, providing only conference facilities and plausible deniability.

Having blown some political capital by saying what he thinks, Trudeau is now going to skip Fidel Castro’s funeral. It’s a retreat to ambivalence dictated by a public outcry that must have astonished the prime minister, who grew up with a photo of Fidel Castro in his family’s home and thought, perhaps, that everybody does.

Paul Wells is a national affairs writer. His column usually appears Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.