Barbados Free Press reader “missing home” who works in a mine in Canada’s arctic (burrrrrrr!) alerted us to the following article.
It seems that the Chinese have snubbed Canada over the Canadian Prime Minister’s concerns and comments about China’s human rights abuses.
Hey…. Prime Minister Harper should get with the programme – keep his mouth shut, and he too could receive Chinese gifts of equipment, books, training. The Canadians could have it all if they would just act like good little puppy dogs and wag their tails when the Chinese massas come around.
Just like Barbados.
Excerpts from the Globe Newspaper…
China Snubs Harper
OTTAWA — China has delivered a diplomatic snub to the Canadian government by rejecting a meeting between its president and Prime Minister Stephen Harper as relations between the two countries continue to sour.
Mr. Harper and Chinese President Hu Jintao had tried to set up a meeting just before the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference that opens in Hanoi this week.
It would have been the first major get-together between the two men, although they spoke briefly last summer at a meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries…
… Mr. Hampson said he was particularly surprised that the Chinese backed out, given it was they who had requested the tête-à-tête.
… China’s decision comes amid a cooling in the bilateral relationship as Canada takes an increasingly harder line on China’s human rights record.
…Over the past few months, the Harper government has delivered a number of controversial messages to the Chinese, among them a decision by the Prime Minister’s parliamentary secretary, Jason Kenney, to meet with the Dalai Lama, and a delay in talks over a strategic partnership to which the two countries have agreed. Canada has also complained of Chinese espionage and delayed a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay and the Chinese ambassador.
… read the entire Globe Newspaper article (link here)