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Remind us, why does Canada want a seat on the UN Security Council?

Eugene Lang and David Perry

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published May 6, 2018

To date, Canadians have been given no reason why the government is going to such lengths to win a Security Council seat. What is the agenda Canada wants to pursue through membership on the council? The absence of a rationale leaves the impression that for Canada a seat on the Security Council is an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. A more cynical interpretation is that this is motivated by a Canadian conceit and sanctimony that the world – and hence the Security Council – simply needs more Canada as its Moralizer-in-Chief.

There are only 5 useful seats on the Security Council.3 of these can and regularly do stop the UN from doing anything,especially in their spheres of influence. The other 2 have the US position. Their veto would only matter if the US, China and Russia all decided to do something, which rarely happens, and then if the UK or France decided to stop the other 3, which has likely never happened.


With the dearth followed by the death of Canada's foreign policy one is left to speculate as to the reasons that Trudeau continues to pursue with energy and enthusiasm a symbolic seat on the UN security council. As the deciding vote, does Canada intend to block a resolution of the United States in support of China and Russia or to support a resolution of China and Russia to oppose the United States?


Gerald Butts, then-principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaks to Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford in July 2018. Butts will appear before the House of Commons justice committee, Telford will not.

It is never really appropriate though to look for anything deep with respect to motivation in the mind of Justin Trudeau since it simply is not there. The question to ask may not be "why"  but rather "who" or "whom". Whom does Trudeau want to sit on that seat? Who is so close to Trudeau over the years and has helped him win the election in 2015? Whom does he owe?


Chinese police detain fugitive rights activist Xu Zhiyong during ‘coronavirus check’

Xu found at home of Guangzhou lawyer on the weekend, two months after going into hiding

Homes of other friends searched as authorities tighten restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19

Guo Rui 
Feb 17, 2020

Activist Xu Zhiyong was detained in Guangzhou on the weekend after two months in hiding.

A Chinese rights activist in hiding since December was detained in the southern city of Guangzhou after police mounted “coronavirus prevention checks” on the homes of friends and sympathisers, according to other activists.

Xu Zhiyong, 47, had been in hiding since attending a gathering in Xiamen , in the southeastern province of Fujian, to discuss “democratic transition in China”. Four other activists – Ding Jiaxi, Dai Zhenya, Zhang Zhongshun, Li Yingjun – were detained soon after the gathering without access to lawyers.




2月16日 09:49 来自 iPhone客户端


Some people say that the news that can be reported is not news, it is advertising! Reporting news that cannot be reported is news, but requires "coronal virus" verification!

To fight coronavirus, China seizes hospitals and expels patients with other diseases The measures have left some people with life-threatening diseases without critical care, creating what one relative of a cancer patient described as a 'humanitarian' disaster



Financial Times

Ryan McMorrow and Sun Yu

February 17, 2020

Chinese authorities have begun emergency requisitioning of private hospitals, hotels, apartments, cars and even face masks as the country’s rising number of coronavirus patients threatens to overwhelm local government facilities.

But the measures, particularly the requisitioning of hospitals, have left some people with other life-threatening diseases without critical care, creating what one relative of a cancer patient affected by the seizures described as a “humanitarian” disaster.

China’s southern industrial hub of Guangzhou this week joined a host of other big city governments such as Zhengzhou, Fuzhou and Xi’an in passing emergency legislation for requisitioning.

In Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak, local authorities have seized offices, student dormitories and other hospitals to create more beds for coronavirus patients.

“Wuhan’s health system has collapsed because of the epidemic. The government has basically ignored other diseases,” said city resident Liu Congfeng, whose mother-in-law was suffering from cancer but had lost her hospital bed to coronavirus patients.



780 million people in China are living under travel restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak

CNN Digital Expansion 2017. James Griffiths

By James Griffiths and Amy Woodyatt,

February 17, 2020

Hong Kong (CNN)Nearly half of China's population -- more than 780 million people -- are currently living under various forms of travel restrictions as authorities race to contain the spread of a deadly virus.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has killed 1,770 people and infected another 70,000 in mainland China. According to a CNN analysis, travel limitations of varying degrees are still being enforced in provinces and cities across the country, including Hubei, Liaoning, Beijing and Shanghai. Restrictions include everything from self-quarantines to limits on who can come and go from neighborhoods.

Some of the strictest measures can be found in four cities in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, which saw an additional 100 deaths reported Sunday.

The cities of Wuhan, Huanggang, Shiyan and Xiaogan have completely sealed off all residential complexes and communities, while the use of non-essential vehicles on local roadways is also banned. Residents in each city receive daily necessities from neighborhood and community committees as they are not permitted to leave their homes.



China’s Coffers Are Depleted Just as Virus Spurs Spending

Bloomberg News

February 17, 2020

China’s provinces are facing the economic fallout from the coronavirus with depleted ammunition, given they were already bracing for a deterioration in public finances before the outbreak hit.

More than half of mainland provinces expect slower expansion of revenue in 2020 than last year’s average local income growth, according to their budgets published before the disease outbreak became widespread in January. Hubei, the epicenter, was already expecting income to fall.

That stretches the government’s efforts to make fiscal policy more supportive of the economy in the aftermath of the outbreak, and means more bond sales and borrowing are likely. Government at all levels is re-thinking plans for this year as factories and businesses across the country remain shut, spelling immediate trouble for tax receipts.

China hasn’t exceeded a national deficit ratio of 3% of gross domestic product since at least 2009. The official target would normally be announced after the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, in March. On Sunday the government pledged to roll out more effective stimulus, with Finance Minister Liu Kun writing in a Communist Party journal that it will work to reduce corporate taxes and cut unnecessary government expenses.

Among the 28 provinces that have published their 2020 budgets, worsening balances are evident across the board. Mega-cities like Beijing and Shanghai expect their revenue to be “roughly the same” as in 2019, and regional economic powerhouses such as Shandong and Chongqing expect growth of about 1%. Anhui, in central China, forecasts a slump of 17.5% while Hubei originally thought its income would drop by about 13%.




On February 14, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Canadian Foreign Minister Shang Pengfei in Munich.


Wang Yi said that China and Canada have a tradition of supporting each other in difficult times, and we are willing to carry forward this tradition with Canada. This year is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Canada. We are willing to take this opportunity to strengthen communication with Canada, work together to resolve some existing bilateral issues, and promote China-Canada relations and cooperation in various fields to return to the track of healthy and stable development at an early date.


From where did this Shang guy appear as if from nowhere?  Let's drink a toast of champagne to him!

One must try to examine the intentions and reasons for Canada's recognition of China in 1970 and its free-trade talks with China about forty-five years later. It was under Pierre Trudeau that Canada recognized China. His intention was to rile the United States so it was bad. His reason was sound as China was a populous country which was awakening economically.


In the same manner, the basis of Justin Trudeau's intention to proceed with free-trade talks with the United States was also bad because it was primarily aimed at riling the United States as his father had done rather than diversifying trade. However, Justin Trudeau's reason was unsound since Canada had had a free-trade agreement with the United States which has been a free country while China has not been a free country, but has continued to be an authoritarian country since 1949.

Canada's free-trade talks with China effectively came to an end on November 30, 2018 when the USMCA (with its China clause) was signed in Buenos Aires. A day later, Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the US Justice Department based on rule of law. In retaliation, China arrested Spavor on December 10th followed by Kovrig based on rule by law.



2月14日 10:38 来自 iPhone客户端


I also want to know where the recent haze weather came from?

老百姓很纳闷,这到底谁干的? (retweet)

Original 我是参考君 河北参考 6 days ago




People are wondering, who did this?

Original I reference Hebei 6 days ago

All parts of the country are doing their best to prevent epidemics, and this "year" has also become a "year like a year".

People were all at home, cars stopped, factories stopped, commercial stores stopped, and streets were deserted.

However, every morning I look out the window. It's unbelievable that everything stopped. It's always been: haze!




2、过年了,绝大部分工厂都放假了,仍在开工运转的那些工厂该环保改造的也交钱改造了,这雾霾还和工业污染有关吗? 3、同样因为过年,各地的工程都停了,工地一片静悄悄。即使仍在运转的工地,也都按环保局的标准在施工,这雾霾还和工地扬尘有关吗?









After watching the weather push, another wave of polluting days is coming, and I'm bored. What do the experts mean by the haze that the researchers spent so much money on? Normally, tail numbers are restricted, or even single and double numbers are restricted. You said that it is. There are few cars daring to go on the road now. Why is there a smog?

Let's ask one by one:

1. People are all housed up, and there are cars along with them. Even the "three jumpers" in many 3,456,778 cities have stopped. Is this smog still related to motor vehicles?

2. For the Chinese New Year, most factories are closed. Those factories that are still in operation should pay for environmental protection. Is this smog still related to industrial pollution?

3. Also because of the New Year, the projects around the place were stopped and the construction site was quiet. Even the working sites are still being constructed according to the standards of the Environmental Protection Agency. Is this smog still related to the construction site dust?

4. No matter how fast the coal-to-gas and coal-to-electricity projects are completed, after all, they have all been changed. The only coal that has been burned is also clean coal purchased by the relevant departments. Is this smog also related to coal heating?

5. Fireworks and firecrackers have to be set off in the Spring Festival in previous years, and firecrackers will not be allowed in various places this year. There are only a few places that are unconscious, but they are sporadic. Is this smog still related to those fireworks?                           

6. No one gathers, and even a fart is gone on the street. Even in the big cities such as Beishangguang, the crowds are scattered to their hometowns. Is this haze related to the dense crowd?

7. The restaurant is closed, the toes are free to go, and the oil fume over the frying spoon is gone. Is this smog still related to food pollution?

8. The big trucks are not running anymore. They have to be quarantined for 14 days. The train drivers are all dumb. Is this smog still related to the exhaust of road transportation?

9. Even pigs have been banned in the countryside, and there is no place for pig farts. Is this smog still related to pig farms?

It doesn't matter anything, but the smog still can't be taken away. May I ask experts, where did it come from?

Medical experts are busy fighting the virus, and environmental experts are not idle. Come out and take two steps to answer these questions?



The passage in Mead’s essay that probably triggered Beijing hardest condemnation was his concern that China’s economy, which is much more fragile than the Communist Party wants to admit, could be pushed into a tailspin by the epidemic:

The Global Times predicted history would not record criticism like Mead’s in a “positive way.”

“Their voices will smell like stinky farts, making people frown and walk away.

With few people working it appears that the foul belch and stinky fart index is at an all time high with belching mouths and farting butts of critics.


Coronavirus Outbreak Exposes China’s Monopoly on U.S. Drug, Medical Supplies

Rebecca Mansour

Feb 13, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has exposed the United States’ dangerous dependence on China for pharmaceutical and medical supplies, including an estimated 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients needed to produce drugs in the United States.

The economic repercussions of the coronavirus reveal the dangers of allowing one country to have a near monopoly on global manufacturing, David Dayen explains in an article at the American Prospect:

China is a source of not only finished goods, but also of input parts and raw materials. A substantial number of the materials needed for defense and electronic systems come from China, and that nation is “the single or sole supplier for a number of specialty chemicals,” according to a recent Defense Department report. Rare earth minerals, which are critical to electronics, are largely mined in China. As a result, Chinese disruptions don’t just hit Chinese manufacturing, they hit everyone’s. Automakers have already had to slow or shut down factories globally due to supply shortages.

Perhaps the biggest concern is over medical supplies. China produces and exports a large amount of pharmaceuticals to the U.S., including 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active ingredients used to make drugs here. Penicillin, ibuprofen, and aspirin largely come from China. Last month, the medical supply firm Cardinal Health recalled 2.9 million surgical gowns “cross contaminated” at a plant in China; the blood pressure drug valsartan also saw shortages recently, thanks to tainted active ingredients at one Chinese plant. The combination of supply chain disruptions and increased demand at hospitals if coronavirus spreads to the U.S. could prove devastating.



Expert: China Has ‘Global Chokehold’ on Medicine, Can Shut Down Our Pharmacies, Hospitals in Months

China could effectively shut down America’s healthcare system within months given the one-party state’s “global chokehold” on the manufacturing of medicines and medical supplies, explained Rosemary Gibson, author of China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine.

Mansour noted how the coronavirus outbreak in China has exposed America’s dangerous dependence on Chinese production of pharmaceutical and medical supplies, including an estimated 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients needed for domestic drug production.

Gibson said, “If China shuts the door on exports of medicines and the ingredients to make them, within a couple of months our pharmacies would be empty. Our healthcare system would cease to function. That’s how dependent we are.”

Gibson added, “Say there’s a coronavirus outbreak in the United States, God forbid, and a lot of people end up in hospitals with severe cases. The medicines needed to care for them if they can’t breathe and are on a ventilator — fentanyl and propofol — [are made in China]. We depend on China for the raw materials. If they go into shock, the epinephrine and dopamine we need to care for them, we depend on China. If they have bacterial infections, we depend on China for the antibiotics.”

America has lost much of its manufacturing apparatus for medicines to China via globalization, explained Gibson. “With our medicines, it’s not just the active ingredient [that is made in China]. It’s the raw chemicals, the molecules, the white powdery stuff, that we also depend on China for. That’s where China has the real global chokehold.”

Gibson stated.” [India’s] generic industry would shut down within weeks and months without those core components, and you see it in the Indian press, right now, that they’re already concerned about this because this coronavirus in China is really disrupting supply chains.”

Gibson recalled, “I documented China’s penicillin cartel. There’s an incredible story of how we lost our penicillin manufacturing plants. These are huge industrial facilities, big fermentation plants, and China came in and knocked them out in the U.S. and even India by dumping it on the global market at really cheap prices — keeping it low for several years — and then the price goes back up again.”



Will the Coronavirus Cause a Global Recession?

But what happens when China catches a cold? Or better yet, when it catches a rapidly spreading and highly fatal disease?

The Wuhan coronavirus could potentially have a disastrous effect on the global economy. Even if the virus doesn’t grow to become a global pandemic, its economic ramifications may be enough to cause a recession in China, World Bank data suggests. This may lead to a domino effect that results in a global slowdown.

The scale of the government response along with their attempts to censor freedom of speech in Wuhan suggest that the outbreak could be much worse than the authorities are reporting. Independent research from the Lancet medical journal suggests that the coronavirus may have already infected over 75,000 people. Researchers in Hong Kong paint a dire view of the situation, suggesting that the virus could eventually grow to infect 150,000 people a day.


Beijing has just instituted a 14 day quarantine period for those who are returning (to work). One cannot balance the economy and people's health in such a manner. Who is going to pay for this policy? Are workers supposed to bear the brunt of 14 days' lost wages and other expenses? Most of them will simply not return to the capital until they can immediately go to work. Of course, Beijing sets the example for the rest of cities in China.


Thermometer Guns’ on Coronavirus Front Lines Are ‘Notoriously Not Accurate’

Chinese authorities are using infrared thermometers to screen people for the illness, as the devices have become synonymous with trying to contain deadly outbreaks.

Sometimes described as a “thermometer gun,” the device is equipped with an infrared sensor that can quickly measure surface temperature without making any contact with a person’s skin. In recent years, it has become an important tool for countries scrambling to contain viral outbreaks. It was widely used to try to slow the spread of SARS in China in the early 2000s and to curb the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a decade later.

But for all of its powerful sensing technology, the thermometer has ultimately proved to be an ineffective defense mechanism, according to medical officials and experts on infrared devices. Like the surgical masks that have become ubiquitous in China, thermometer guns tend to be unreliable outside carefully controlled health care settings.

But on social media in China, people passing through the checkpoints have complained that the thermometers are producing unrealistically low temperature readings in some situations and artificially high readings in others, like when a traveler is tested from inside a hot car.

“You know the temperature gun is inaccurate,” wrote one person on Weibo, the Chinese social media service, after getting a reading from a guard. “I know the temperature gun is inaccurate. He also knows the temperature gun is inaccurate. But nobody says anything because it’s part of the process. Such formalism!”



在得到一名警卫的阅读后,一个人在中国社交媒体服务微博上写道:“你知道温度枪是不正确的。” “我知道温度枪不正确。 他还知道温度枪不正确。 但是没人说什么,因为这是过程的一部分。 这样的形式主义!”


There is nothing more intimidating than having a gun pointed a few inches from one's forehead by a guy in a hazmat suit. It may just measure temperature effectively or ineffectively according to circumstances in a Russian roulette fashion; nevertheless, it is perceived as a threat to one's safety and security which results in extreme anxiety.