November 27, 2006

ANGLOER THAN THOU:

Canada pushes Beijing on rights (Rowan Callick, November 27, 2006, The Australian)

UNDER the former Liberal government of Paul Martin, Canada was for a long time out of step with the rest of the Anglosphere on international affairs and the war on terrorism.

The election of conservative Stephen Harper as Prime Minister in February changed that - with one large exception: China.

While Australian Prime Minister John Howard finds much in common with Mr Harper in other matters, the two leaders could scarcely be further apart on China.

Mr Harper has chosen to hitch his China policy to human rights - which Mr Howard tends to leave to the discreet annual dialogues on the contentious issue, and other quiet diplomatic representations.


While it's certainly understandable that decent Canadians feel the need to play catch-up, some division of labor within the sphere is also sensible.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 27, 2006 7:31 AM
Comments

I wonder how much the number of people who left Hong Kong for Toronto and Vancouver prior to 1997 have to do with the difference in attitude.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 27, 2006 10:07 AM
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