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China’s Bullying, Blackmail Show Why Huawei 5-G Role MUST Be Rejected

June 10th, 2019 · 13 Comments

The stakes are too critical; the dangers are obvious; and China’s dictators have openly, although dim-wittingly, put the lie to any suggestion China’s corporations operate independently from government.

Canada … and indeed the entire Western world … should be thankful for the brazen bullying, blackmail efforts by China directed against Canada with increasing fury in the Meng Wanzhou Huawei case.

It shows exactly why we MUST protect ourselves against vulnerabilities that would befall us if the Chinese telecommunications giant were given ANY role in developing our high tech advanced 5-G system.

China has exposed itself for exactly what it is … a dangerous foe … not a trustworthy partner or international law-abiding nation.

It all stems, of course, from an extradition request by the United States regarding Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, when she arrived in Canada on a flight from China last December.

The US accuses Meng of fraud involving activities with several financial institutions in breach of American bans on business dealings with Iran.

Canada has an extradition treaty with the US governing such requests; Canada has a Court system that is currently allowing Meng to challenge the US move; and, under Canada’s jurisprudence system, no government … or politicians … should be allowed to interfere in that Court process.

If China has a beef with the anyone over this , it should be with Ms. Meng and/or the United States … not Canada … which is merely caught in between because Ms. Meng flew here, coming within range of Uncle Sam’s legal arsenal..

But China’s leaders are having a tantrum.

Two Canadian businessmen were arrested almost simultaneously in two separate trumped up charges of “espionage” while in China; another Canadian, convicted months ago on drug charges, suddenly had his prison sentence “reconsidered” and changed … to the DEATH PENALTY; China then blocked imports of Canadian canola; banned products from two Canadian pork plants; and, now, has also started harassing imports of Canadian beef.

All over the arrest of ONE Chinese business executive … under a long-established, legal international Treaty and Court process.

So much for all the smiling faces of China’s officials pledging eternal friendship with Canada for being the first Western nation to establish diplomatic relations and whose leader was first to respect/visit its Communist regime; so much for all those toasts and pledges of co-operation and partnership, in return for our increasing Chinese access to our consumers, our agriculture and our resources.

Apparently all that “friendship” ONLY applies if China is exempted from our laws under existing international treaties; if influential Chinese citizens are never charged with breaking any laws; and if China can usurp and dictate and bully Canada, when we merely comply with a legal application from another country.

If China reacts openly and publicly with such extreme, vindictive, arbitrary, blackmailing actions in a case like Meng’s, does anyone have ANY DOUBT China’s leaders wouldn’t hesitate to interfere behind the scenes with Huawei’s (or any other Chinese company’s) technological independence to gain access to 5-G development in Canada … and other Western countries

I just don’t believe ANY communications developers in China would have the backbone to stand up to Chinese government, military and state security officials to stop interference/infiltration/intelligence gathering efforts. They could end up in China’s corrupt Courts on charges too … facing long prison sentences or even a bullet in the head.

Remember, China is a country where millions are imprisoned right now for just trying to express free thought; for trying to live their lives according to their own religious beliefs or even cultures; where THOUSANDS of prisoners were executed last year alone … many of whom reportedly then had their organs harvested, without any prior voluntary consent, and sold for profit.

Where communications/Internet have long been under sustained attack, censorship, and controls; where Google, Facebook and even LinkedIn are BANNED … blocked by the Great Chinese Firewall; and, where just this weekend, The Washington Post and The UK Guardian were added to the list of BANNED/BLOCKED sites.

The truth is China is getting WORSE, not better, in terms of human rights, especially since Xi Jin Ping became “President for Life”.

Is there ANYONE who believes that any Chinese communications company allowed an integral role in developing our 5-G system, would resist and stop China’s government and/or security forces from interfering, impacting or implanting its own hidden technology/monitoring/controls????

Eventually, the current crisis between Canada and China will subside; trade in goods, agriculture, resources, tourism and other services will slowly return to normal.

That will be good for both nations.

But NEVER should we … or any other democratic country … allow China ANY role in developing our 5-G telecommunications/networks/technology.

The risk is simply too high.

Harv Oberfeld

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Canada Pays Price for Environmental Extremists, Anti-Development Agitators and First Nations Obstructionists

June 3rd, 2019 · 14 Comments

The chickens have come home to roost.

Canada has dropped OFF the list of Top 10 competitive countries in attracting investment, development and jobs.

The International Institute for Management Development, based in Lausanne, Switzerland has ranked Canada as 13th in its 2019 ranking of financially attractive countries … slipping from 10th last year … continuing our decline to our WORST ranking since the index began in 1997.

“The ranking takes into account a wide range of ‘hard’ statistics such as unemployment, GDP and government spending on health and education, as well as ‘soft’ data from an Executive Opinion Survey covering topics such as social cohesion, globalization and corruption,” reports the UK’s Daily Mail.

“This information feeds into four categories – economic performance, infrastructure, government efficiency and business efficiency – to give a final score for each country.”

Top 10 in this year’s list: Singapore; Hong Kong; USA; Switzerland; UAE; Netherlands; Ireland; Denmark; Sweden; and, Qatar.

A big factor in Canada’s decline, according to the Huffington Post, started with the 2015 decline in world oil prices.

But it adds: “A lot of long-term problems in Canada’s economy seem to be finally catching up to us, and one major issue that expert after expert cites is Canada’s relative lack of innovation and creativity.

“The country’s business leaders have a reputation for being cautious, and following the crowd rather than taking risks on new ideas. That means Canada has fewer opportunities to create new businesses, and it makes the country uninteresting for foreign investors (except those looking to park cash in our housing market, that is).”

WHY aren’t business innovators and foreign investors as ready and willing to take risks and spend huge bucks in Canada anymore? And putting their money … creating development, jobs, expanding the public revenue base elsewhere?

I put it to you it’s the NEGATIVISM they see and hear towards development so often, so loudly, so stridently in Canada these days … from a minority of Canadians … the anti-development activists, environmental extremists, perpetual anarchists and First Nations obstructionists … but who too many governments pander to at all levels.

Judging from Canada’s decline in the rankings, I’d say increasing numbers of “global corporations” feel too many Canadians see them as enemies … especially when it comes to resource development and mining. (Some, in fact, have already given up and walked away, even after investing/losing hundreds of millions of dollars trying to get projects going in Canada.)

That word gets out.

How many billions in lost investment has Canada lost so far … and will it lose in the future …. because of our slip down the world’s investment competitive rankings?

None of this is to suggest we should not address the problems of the environment, development impact concerns and even land claims/jurisdictions.

However, the goal must be to seek solutions … ways to get to “YES” … not just to blockade, obstruct and prevent … but to get those developments/projects/investments/revenues/jobs.

And get Canada back in the Top Ten on next year’s competitive index … not see us drop further down.

Ironically, it’s often the very people who scare away investment … the anti-development crowd, environmental extremists, anarchists and First Nations obstructionists … who seem to scream loudest, demanding MORE public housing, MORE for welfare, MORE services/facilities on Reserves, MORE for public transit, MORE for health care, MORE for education and even MORE public spending to fund guaranteed incomes.

ANY country slipping to its WORST ranking ever in the competitiveness index will find it increasingly difficult to meet those demands. And Canada is no exception.

Especially, as long as our governments continue to pander and surrender to the loud obstructionist extremist minorities … and ignore the interests of the larger, but quieter, progressive majority.

Harv Oberfeld

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