Editorial – End all ties with ‘Red China’

The Canadian government and all other governments should renounce all diplomatic and economic ties with Red China, given that country’s flagrant human rights abuses and cowardly use of civilians for its own interests.

I use the Cold War reference of ‘Red China’ because it is fitting for a one-party government with authoritarian powers, ruling a country with a population of over 1.2 billion people.

Canadians Robert Schellenberg, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are caught in the middle of a diplomatic fallout between Canada and Red China.

Following a second trial, Schellenberg rather than serving an 18-year sentence he received earlier, has now been sentenced to death for allegedly attempting to smuggle narcotics out of China to Australia.

Last week, the federal government issued a travel advisory, cautioning Canadians not to travel to China.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have lobbied other nations to support their call for Schellenberg’s release.

But the Chinese government has dismissed the federal government’s lobbying efforts, saying his execution is appropriate given the nature of his crime.

China is detaining Kovrig and Spavor, in retaliation for the Canadian government holding Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei.

She was arrested in Canada because of an extradition request from the U.S. where she is accused of violating American sanctions against Iran.

And the Chinese government has demonstrated its harsh demeanor in another way. Last week, a Canadian woman was denied the right to return to China to see her ailing father.

As per a CTV News report, Ti-Anna Wang and her family arrived in Hangzhou, China on Jan. 9 to visit her ailing father.

But while her husband and their 11-month-old daughter were allowed in, she was denied entry despite having a valid visa. She and her family were eventually sent to a nearby South Korean island.

Then, as she made plans to return to Toronto via South Korea, her flight made a stop in Beijing. Six “police officers” boarded her flight and denied her the right to use her cell phone or contact the Canadian embassy in Beijing.

I find it ironic that a country that landed a probe on the dark side of the moon earlier this month, its government still acts in a barbaric fashion in its dealings with other nations.

I will also offer a reminder of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989. There are no official figures about the number of deaths, but the Chinese authorities brutally suppressed – I would go so far as to say, murdered – students who wanted to make themselves heard by their government.

They weren’t necessarily advocating the downfall of their government like protesters in countries throughout Eastern Europe that same year, but they had the right to petition their government about their concerns and grievances.

There has been no justice for the murdered students; since 1989, political expediency and economic interests have taken over.

But for all nations that have dealings with China, they should now renounce them and isolate China from the rest of the world.

That means the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and any other organizations that have involvement with China.

Even if we can’t send our recyclable waste over to China for processing, oh well. We’ll find other ways to deal with it.

Recalling U.S. President Richard Nixon’s trip to China in 1972, he wanted to thaw the ice cold relationship his country had with that country.

That was all very well back then. But China has to be put in its place. It’s tyrannical nature is unacceptable in 2019.

So, call your MP and demand that the federal government end all ties with Red China.


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