In the United Kingdom, a cross-party rebellion has united Tory peers with the Labour Opposition in the cause of forcing a “genocide amendment,” with Xi’s China in mind, to prohibit trade deals with genocidal regimes by means of independent judicial inquiry. The uprising is tying up the Johnson government’s attempts to pass a post-Brexit trade bill.
You can call Monday’s vote “symbolic” too, if you like.
You could say it’s symbolic of the federal government’s reckless disregard for the intelligence community’s increasingly dire warnings about the several national-security threats Beijing poses. It’s symbolic of the increasing disaffection of the Liberal caucus from Trudeau himself, owing to his moral incoherence and hubris. And it’s symbolic of the Trudeau government’s contempt for Parliament.
While the House was voting on the genocide resolution on Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was being warmly received at the UNHRC’s 46th session, where he was generously offering some insight into the way Xi intends to remake international human rights law in his own image and likeness.
In China’s new world, “happiness” and “security” are rights that must take precedent over rights to free thought, free speech and freedom of religion. And of course China is only busy in Xinjiang, Wang explained, to make the people happy, and to provide for their security against “terrorism and separatism.”
So the House of Commons is left to its own devices, and the revolt has been a long time coming.
The door to Monday’s vote was opened four months ago by the subcommittee on international human rights, led by Liberal Peter Fonseca. The committee decided unanimously to call the tyranny in Xinjiang by its proper name: genocide.
It is only because Trudeau’s Liberals are in a minority that the opposition parties managed to establish the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations, in December 2019, by a 171-148 vote. And it’s only because of that committee’s work that the public learned, for instance, that senior diplomats had warned the Trudeau government that its enlistment in the China-dominated Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank was a fool’s errand.
Canada’s commitment of $1.25 billion amounted to an investment in Beijing’s efforts to “leverage its economic prowess to gain regional influence and export its model of governance around the world,” the foreign service had pointed out, as far back as October, 2019. Last week, the Standing Committee on Finance, led by veteran Liberal Wayne Easter, finally broke with Trudeau and took up the Conservatives’ call to withdraw from the AIIB.
Trudeau was given 30 days to respond. As you’d expect, he didn’t.
CSIS opposes any further embrace of Huawei and has consistently advised against university research collaborations with the Shenzhen-based behemoth, but federal unaccountably continues to subsidize Huawei’s research partnerships, and we are constantly invited to surmise that the bizarre accommodations the Trudeau government persists in making for Beijing arise from a reluctance to jeopardize efforts to negotiate the release of hostages Micheal Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
Monday’s vote took place on the 806th day of the Michaels’ abduction and imprisonment, in obvious retaliation for Canada’s detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant containing 13 counts of fraud and sanctions-dodging.
What the House of Commons appears to have finally wised up to is that when it comes to China, this is just how Trudeau rolls.
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