These are the times, when the opposition is so down on their luck that they will clutch at any little straws like a drowning man would, that we should do the Christian thing in the Christmas spirit and let them get away with some whining (lying) about how the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao "scolded" our PM. Nothing is, and ever has been, further from the truth. In Chinese custom, when a favored person visits their household, to show how much the person's visit is appreciated, the first thing they say is " So, now you come to see me? Where were you while I was waiting here for you?" This makes the visitor feel wanted and welcomed and it is the Chinese way of showing how much they care about the visitor. Canadians who are originally from China are laughing aloud at the Canadian media and shaking their heads and laughing some more.
Moreover, countless long awaited deals which were anticipated by Canada were officially signed and sealed ... is that the new way of showing disrespect to our PM ? Can the opposition get any more sillier?
The Approved Destination Status (ADS) which will bring tourists from China to our shores and benefit our tourism industry was hailed by the tourism industry in both countries. In BC alone there have been a flow of 230,000+ Chinese tourists since the beginning of the year. With ADS, Canada can expect that number to double and more.
Also, the Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) is by now already signed and sealed. This will give more confidence to exporters and importers as it will provide legal protection to both sides to this kind of trade.
PM Harper also forged ahead with the Asia Pacific Portal Program (APPP) and his Chinese counterpart was only too glad to assure our PM that they are looking forward to give us full cooperation, whether it be in telecom services or in construction.
The Lib and other parties are making clowns of themselves by proclaiming that "Harper was scolded". By doing so, they are further distancing themselves from Canadian voters who are originally from those Asian countries and are more familiar with the norms of Chinese behaviour. Of course, the Chinese premier would have HAD TO say something to show he has not forgotten how we welcomed the Dalai Lama who is a sworn enemy of the Chinese govt., or how our PM never misses an opportunity to rail against Human Rights violations in China, or how he was one of the top world leaders not to put in an appearance at the Olympics. All politicians do it, it's just PR.
Canada and China has signed several agreements which will further strengthen the grip both countries have on the economy and on the future prosperity of our two countries.
The two countries also agreed on the need to encourage further growth of bilateral trade from its current levels, increasing trade in goods and services in all sectors, including energy and resources, infrastructure, telecommunication and transportation, advanced technology, tourism, agriculture and financial services. They also agreed to enhance cooperation on clean energy
PM Harper has proven once again to be the perfect diplomat. Whether he travels to India or China or to the moon, Canadians can always rest assured that he will do us proud.
I for one, am absolutely proud of our Prime Minister.