Your China Readings this morning

The top of the Canadian Liberal government is rotten, but when is it otherwise? The last relatively clean Liberal government in Ottawa was Lester Pearson’s.

CBC says:

“As Canada’s spy agency warns that China’s efforts to distort the news and influence media outlets in Canada “have become normalized,” critics are renewing calls for Ottawa to take a far tougher approach to foreign media interference.

The warning is contained in briefing documents drafted for Canadian Security Intelligence Service Director David Vigneault in preparation for a meeting he had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this year.

That meeting focused on the rise of foreign interference in Canada — something CSIS says has become “more sophisticated, frequent, and insidious.”

One way foreign states — including the People’s Republic of China (PRC) — try to exert pressure on other countries is through media outlets, say the documents, obtained through an access to information request.”


More sinister, perhaps, is the piece on the recently retired Canadian ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, ‘a running dog of comprador capitalism’ as we used to say in the Maoist days of the Party. As Blair Atholl reminds us, every so often someone commits an act of  journalism in Canada.

Dominic Barton resigned this week as Canada's ambassador to China.

Former Canadian Ambassador to China, Dominic Barton