China Snubs Canada’s Prime Minister Because He Talked About Human Rights Abuses

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)

5 Comments

Filed under Barbados

5 responses to “China Snubs Canada’s Prime Minister Because He Talked About Human Rights Abuses

  1. Hants

    Fact. Canada’s trade with China in 2005 was 36 Billion dollars CAD.
    It will continue to increase even if the Canadian Government has to “spin” the Human Rights issues.
    Lots of talk and posturing but the Capitalist continue to flock to China to produce goods cheaply.
    I wonder how long Manufacturing in Barbados will survive in the face of the Chinese competition.

  2. Bajanboy

    That is why countries like Barbados with very little to lose should speak out against countries with poor human rights records.

  3. reality check

    Lets see!!!

    Canada has natural resources that China desperately needs for its growing economy.

    Capitalists in Canada use cheap labour from China
    and want to invest in China’s emerging economy.

    Cheap labour is available throughout the world not just China

    Good on Harper for having the guts to tell China the way it is with respect to basic human rights. Its the cost of doing business in Canada even if its more spin than reality.

    China snubs Harper

    Who cares!!!

    other than in Barbados where they would ask the Chinese how high to jump or is that how low to grovel. Talk about selling your soul.

  4. Rumplestilskin

    Hmmm..

    ‘Human rights’ nowadays only applies to those countries without clout economically.

    West needs China, thus Tianamen Square like it never happened.

    Funny thing is, ‘we’ pushing for democracy, like in Iraq, but when some leaders get democratically elected ‘we’ do not support their administration…..

    Venezuela, Nicaragua…

    hmmm, funny that.

    By the way, note Ortega’s last administration, when he could not spend money on his planned education and health, because he was busy fighting the ‘contra’s who were funded by US arms sold to…..and the winner is..

    Iran…one of the ‘axis of evil’

    What a laugh……

    The Lord doan sleep nuh……

  5. Kathy

    I recently found a “Reporters without Borders” story about a journalist in China who received 10 years in jail for sending an email. Yahoo cooperated with China in tracking him down. He was charged with sending state secrets abroad. He was convicted of “sending foreign-based websites the text of an internal message which the authorities had sent to his newspaper warning journalists of the dangers of social destabilisation and risks resulting from the return of certain dissidents on the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.”

    http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=14884