It’s been obvious for some time that there is?something?weird about the way Canada approaches its relationship with China —?a disconnect brought into sharp relief this week by the news that Global Affairs and the Department of National Defence were not on the same page when it came to military ties and training involving the People’s Liberation ArmyThe House of Commons.
In some respects, the volcanic online political eruption which followed stories in The Globe and Mail and other media outlets, based on exclusive access to information documents, was predictableThe numbers started declining dramatically., as was the flurry of finger-pointing in the House of Commons on Thursday and Friday.
Diplomats were alarmed when Gen. Jonathan Vance, the country’s senior military commanderColijn said her modelling show, cancelled winter military exercises with the PLA in 2019, fretting?that it might?aggravate Beijing or make the lives of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor?even?worse.
It makes for fire-breathing memes, sizzling copy and wonderful political theatre.
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