From 2008 an early post on China


Many of the world leaders – Bush, Sarkozy and 78 others- attended the spectacular opening ceremonies of the Bejing Olympics.

But our own prime minister, Stephen Harper, was nowhere to be found. Instead the Canadian delegation was headed by the Foreign Affairs Minister, David Emerson. And almost every story about Harper’s absence referred to Canada’s strained relations with China.

What a pity that Canada is off on the wrong foot with one of the emerging super powers on the world stage. Whereas, Jean Chretien used to lead lucrative trade missions to China, the current prime minister would prefer to remain in Canada and tell lies about Stephane Dion’s green shift policies.

Former Canadian diplomats to China say that boycotting the regime is not the way to go. Quiet diplomacy behind the scenes will do far more to moderate China’s human rights policies than hurling strictures from above and sulking at…

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