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China is hardening, not softening, and we should be concerned

By Andrew Caddell      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been loath to criticize Beijing for its long list of offences because he knows the key to getting a Security Council seat next month depends on Chinese influence.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pictured shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Dec. 5, 2017 during a trip to Beijing. If Hong Kong’s protests against Chinese intervention continue, there will probably be consequences for Canada, writes Andrew Caddell. PMO photograph by Adam Scotti

KAMOURASKA, QUE.—Here in Quebec’s Lower Saint Lawrence region, winter turns quickly to summer, and the priority is to avoid COVID-19.  Even so far away, the virus reminds us of our connections with China. So it is worrisome to hear of the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong as the former colony’s “Basic Law” is gutted by the Chinese Communist Party of “leader for life” Xi Jinping.

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