Did you see this news story today?
“The Shandong Provincial Public Security Bureau recently seized a drug-related case involving foreign students,” said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a press briefing. “One of the people involved in the case is a Canadian citizen.”
Maybe this is just a foreign student caught with drugs. Or maybe it’s another pretext to take another Canadian hostage, to add to the two Canadians that China took hostage almost a year ago, and appear no closer to release.
China is cranky these days, and for good reason:
For the first time in a generation, someone powerful is holding them to account — Donald Trump. Add to that the massive, multi-million-person street protests in Hong Kong.
So China’s on the back foot. Except with Canada.
In addition to the hostages, China has slapped massive trade sanctions on Canada — banning our crops and meat, with spurious claims that they're unhealthy or something. That's obviously fake. Canada’s crops are the healthiest in the world. China’s just playing with us. And we’re letting it happen.
But look at this other news today:
Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products from China over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants that included glass and metal between 2017 and early 2019, according to internal federal records.
Why are we letting them ban our food for no good reason, while we let their food in, with 900 good reasons to keep it out?
Oh, and look at this:
Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, her husband Keding Cheng and an unknown number of her students from China were removed from Canada's only level-4 lab on July 5, CBC News has learned. The students didn't speak much English and kept to themselves in a group.”
A Level 4 virology facility is a lab equipped to work with the most serious and deadly human and animal diseases. That makes the Arlington Street lab one of only a handful in North America capable of handling pathogens requiring the highest level of containment, such as Ebola.
Sources say this comes several months after IT specialists for the NML entered Qiu's office after-hours and replaced her computer. Her regular trips to China also started being denied.
So we just have a whole Chinese unit in our country, they don’t even speak English, and they’re just working in our confidential research facilities?
My theory is that they’re getting information for the People’s Liberation Army on an ebola weapon.
China steals industrial secrets even more vigorously than they steal military secrets — then why are we even contemplating letting China build our high tech infrastructure, including our 911 call system?
So what can we do? TONIGHT I'll tell you what I think would work — if only Justin Trudeau would consider pushing back against his "favourite country."
Now imagine if we had a Trump-like prime minister who told the Chinese:
For every day our hostages are not returned, 1,000 more Chinese students will have their student visas cancelled, until our hostages are returned free.
What’s the worst that could happen? More spaces in schools for Canadians. Less spying and industrial theft.
And you know what else? More respect around the world.
Justin Trudeau would never admit it, but he could learn a lot from Donald Trump. Alas, he prefers to smear him — as our next guest segment will show...
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The president is being condemned left and right, and Joel talks about the fallout and whether or not Trump should apologize.
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