China and the Conservatives: Internal war at the Globe and Mail

The Globe’s newspersons like to suggest the Conservative government is somehow bungling Canadian policy towards China; I smell a stinking “agenda”, from Brian Laghi in particular. The editorial board takes a different view. The BBC tells the truth.
1) “Chinese puzzled by aloofness from Ottawa” (Brian Laghi one of the reporters)

A year ago, in a solemn signing ceremony, China and Canada announced a “strategic partnership” — the highest political relationship that Beijing can bestow on a friendly country.
But a few months later, something happened in Canada that never happens in China: a democratic change of government. Since then, the new government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has deliberately avoided the “strategic partnership” term. His China policy has fallen into limbo, with the two sides barely talking…
Beijing remains keen on the partnership, but Ottawa has been cool or uninterested. “It’s going nowhere,” one participant said privately…
Canadian officials [how many? what are their institutional affiliations? – MC] say China is “not on the radar” of Mr. Harper’s government because of its preoccupation with the United States and Afghanistan [gratuitous to the max – MC] and because of disagreements about China within the Conservative caucus…
…the concerns outnumber the recent positives. They include a decision by Mr. Harper’s parliamentary secretary, Jason Kenney, to meet recently with the Dalai Lama and the fact that a substantial chunk of the Tory caucus supported efforts, while in opposition, to push forward with a bill designed to give Taiwan greater recognition in diplomatic and political affairs…
The Conservative approach is a far cry from the first year or so of the Liberal rule of Jean Chrétien…

My goodness, those unsophisticated, Bush-sucking Conservatives.
2) An editorial the same day takes a somewhat less nuanced line (full text not officially online):

…The government should in fact be applauded for distancing itself from a regime tainted by a culture of repression…
[The Chinese] record itself undermines the ability of the Harper government to ever embrace a strategic relationship with Beijing. Chinese officials were said to be offended when Jason Kenney, Mr. Harper’s parliamentary secretary, met with the Dalai Lama when he was in Canada recently, and that he was also given honorary Canadian citizenship, since Tibet is considered Chinese property and the religious icon is seen as a dangerous activist. Did that meeting damage the prospects for a strong Canada-China partnership? Perhaps. But it was still the right thing to do…
…Ottawa should engage in whatever diplomatic niceties are required to ensure that the relationship continues. But anything more elaborate must wait until China’s functionaries show that they are serious about human rights and political freedoms.

With a bullet. The first time I have ever seen an editorial in a paper written expressly to refute a “news” (quote marks intentional) story appearing in the paper the same day. War between the news and editorial sections over the former’s agenda–which the newspersons aren’t supposed to have. A “story” created, it would seem, by the reporters themselves, for reasons about which one may only speculate—with some reason.
Then there is this story from Sept. 8 (Brian Laghi “reporting” yet again; full text not officially online):

Is Ottawa tilting away from China?
Experts fear fallout from ‘accumulation of slights’ to Beijing

Whose “experts” and how chosen? Mr Laghi seems to be piling on. A pattern is emerging.
3) To get a fuller picture as to why it might perhaps be worth taking a rather chilled view towards China, see this from the BBC: “Organ sales ‘thriving’ in China”. Grausam.
Mark C.

3 thoughts on “China and the Conservatives: Internal war at the Globe and Mail

  1. Philanthropist says:

    So Canadian taxpayers will stop getting sucked into building megaprojects for the Chinese? Gee, that’s terrible.
    Many in the West, like Glob & Mail ‘journalists’, are enamoured with the Communist government of China and their economic ‘miracle’. Well perhaps if they looked a little closer – and a lot more objectively, they would see massive social upheaval caused by those same Communist friends of theirs.
    China could implode, or its capitalist venture could carry it towards becoming a decent society someday – either way, they need us more than we need them. And since they have absolutely no respect for human beings we should point out their crimes against humanity – maybe one day they’ll become civilized.

  2. Patrick B says:

    And let’s not forget Maurice Strong, now a semi-permanent resident of China where he’s been promoting a car company, among other things. Strong’s background as a Power Corp man, one partially responsible for Paul Martin’s CSL wealth, identifies him and his Chinese cromies as firmly in the Liberal camp. Another reason for Stephen Harper to distance our country from the murderous thugs who run China.

  3. fred says:

    Well no wonder the Chinese are pissed off at us . . what did they do to end with MoMo StrongMan ??
    That really must hurt. Next we’ll paracute in Louise Arbour and maybe a couple of Taliban Jack Laydown “advisors” to help the cause.
    That should send the Chinese over the edge . . .

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