By Charles Burton, July 7, 2023
Despite a list of “priors” as long as your arm, exasperated Canadians get no closer to seeing their elected government protect our values and interests when it comes to simply being honest and frank with China.
This week, Hong Kong’s chief executive offered $1-million in Hong Kong currency ($170,000 Cdn) to anyone who facilitates the return to China of any one of eight democracy activists currently in exile in the U.S., Britain and Australia.
Given that Ottawa’s condemnation of this monetary tease was late, muted and pro forma — and doesn’t mention the repugnant aspect of inciting an international bounty hunt — we can expect to see that “wanted” list expand to include Canadians of Chinese, Uyghur and Tibetan origin who speak out for human rights in China. These are people who Beijing would love to see vanish into the torture chambers of China’s prison camp system.