IS CHINA A FRIEND TO CANADA OR NOT? – LESSONS FROM ARISTOTLE: CHARLES BURTON FOR INSIDE POLICY

Canada-China relations,

The friendship of pleasure is, according to Aristotle, primarily associated for young people. These people are people you hang out with for fun, drinking buddies and the like. I don’t judge that Canada can have a friendship of pleasure with officials from Beijing – a regime that is complicit in the arbitrary brutal detainment of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor for no valid reason.


It’s also a regime that is, it should be remembered, currently imprisoning over 1 million Uyghurs and Kazakhs in concentration camps referred to by China’s Communist authorities as “re-education facilities” but quite clearly with intention to the cultural genocide of these non-Han Chinese peoples. Then there is the PRC’s persecution of Christians, of human rights defence lawyers and its support for dangerous rogue regimes around the world, including North Korea. A friendship of pleasure exchanging smiles and laughter between the leaders of Canada and China is not a good direction for Canada to take.


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