D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi

An Open Letter


                                     



                                                        An Open Letter

Several days have lapsed since Ambassador McCallum's lapse of judgement. He doesn't call it that, but rather a misspeak. A misspeak is a word or two or, at most, of a sentence or two. His "misspeak" lasted 40 minutes. This means that he is minimizing his lapse or lack of judgement which has interfered in the judicial process of Canada which follows rule of law. The author has given McCallum some degree of latitude by allowing him to honorably resign even though he made inappropriate remarks which may imply political interference in the judicial process. There is still a chance for him to resign. However, the author now asks that he be recalled.

Ambassador McCallum says that "these comments do not accurately represent my position on this issue". What on earth does that mean? By "position" do you mean where you were sitting before a Chinese audience in one of your old constituencies? Does it mean your comments on legal matters is inconsistent with your education and experience in the financial field? Might it mean that you were an ex-politician and that you shouldn't dabble in what might be perceived to be the political process? Could it possibly be interpreted to mean then that your position should be in China speaking to the Chinese and representing Canada rather than in Canada speaking to the Chinese media who might influence Chinese-Canadians to vote one way or another? Can it possibly be interpreted that you took orders directly from Trudeau? Finally, might it mean that you forgot that you were a Canadian ambassador "to" China, but rather thought that you were a Chinese ambassador acting on behalf "of" China?

The basic problem remains about how McCallum takes back or make amends for the comments that he so injudiciously made to the Chinese media in Markham and by extension to Chinese-Canadians and Chinese on the mainland by saying he misspoke? Everyone has heard the comments. That means members of the British Columbia Supreme Court. It includes Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. The Minister of Public Safety who reasonably exercises his decision based on established legal principles is aware of the comments. Mdme Meng has heard them. The Americans who said they were going ahead with the extradition process have heard them. The Chinese who are holding two recently detained Canadian citizens have heard them. The whole world has heard them as they have heard from Trudeau that Canada is absolutely following the rule of law.

Let me give you a hypothetical example. Imagine that Mdme Meng is being questioned by her defence lawyer about American political inference in the extradition request. Mdme Meng might answer that that was the opinion of the Canadian ambassador to China. He said "I think she has quite good arguments on her side. One, political involvement by comments from Donald Trump in her case". The political involvement that McCallum is referring to is most likely that Trump might abandon the Meng case through a trade deal with China.

It may be true that Trump was politically motivated concerning the extradition process. However, it is inappropriate for a Canadian ambassador to state an opinion on this matter two weeks before the hearing. Furthermore, it opens up the possibility that McCallum himself might be politically motivated for supporting the position of Mdme Meng on the extradition issue. What on earth makes McCallum think that Trump has any altruism in that he might cancel the extradition request in order for China to release two Canadian detainees--besides the naivety of our government which is beyond bounds?

Trudeau's response to McCallum's comments were belated and tepid. He even defended McCallum by declining to disavow what his envoy said. It makes one think that while Trudeau was extolling "rule of law" to the world that his envoy was privately--if you call privately a conversation with Chinese media--supporting expediency in the Meng case. This does not exonerate or exculpate McCallum for what he said because he was the one who said it. He must be held responsible for what he said.

One is confused though about the government's meaning of "rule of law". Only a few days ago both the United States and Canada recognized a man who declared himself president of Venezuela. In addition, both countries also apply the concept of rule of law to a bilateral extradition treaty as it concerns the apparent breach of American sanctions which Canada was not a party to and which no Canadian broached to the apparent breach by a Chinese citizen (rather than a company) who was in transit to Mexico. How expansive and extensive is the definition of rule of law?

The offer made by the author still stands. He will talk privately and quietly if invited to by his government with the Chinese ambassador in Ottawa. He will speak as a private citizen who has absolutely no connection with either government. He will propose that Kovrig, Spavor, Chang, Sun, Celil, Wang, Xiao and Schellenberg be released. In return, Mdme Meng will be released from custody. There is no confusion about what is asked and what is given. There is no attempt to vacillate in order to negotiate or facilitate. It is admitted that this is an expedient solution, but it is one based on virtue which is just.

While the author has been a long time supporter of rule of law, he understands the present situation with respect to morality. To be poignant, it concerns morality rather than legality. The family is paramount. This is a Confucian principle which has been in practice for over 2300 years. It is imperative under this philosophy, as the author interprets it, that families be united at the time of the Spring Festival which is days away. The Canadian family also forms the backbone of our society. Let's not think of these people as individuals regulated by laws, but rather as members of families. When there is harmony in the family there is harmony in the State.

Trudeau tells China that it should not mix political concerns with commercial ones. Isn't he mixing political concerns with judicial ones by not firing McCallum for his interference in the Meng case and saying that if McCallum were recalled it would not further the release of the hostages? Since the beginning of the new year all Trudeau seems to have thought about is his election campaign. Now, he doesn't want to lose the vote of Chinese-Canadians. He panders to the Panda. However, because he lacks a coherent policy on China his actions are inconsistent and incomprehensible. Trudeau will be held accountable for his actions in the next election. For the first time, one hears trepidation in his voice and sees fear in his eyes in a handful of dust.


D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi

2019年1月25日



                                Follow-up


A couple of days has lapsed since Ambassador McCallum's lapse of judgement. He doesn't call it that, but rather a misspeak. A misspeak is a word or two or at most a sentence or two. His "misspeak" lasted 40 minutes. This means that he is minimizing his lapse or lack of judgement which has interfered in the judical process of Canada which follows rule of law. The author had given McCallum some degree of latitude by allowing him to honorably resign. He now asks for him to be fired.

Ambassador McCallum says that "these comments do not accurately represent my position on this issue". What on earth does that mean? By "position" do you mean where you were sitting before a Chinese audience in one of your old constituencies? Does it mean your comments on legal matters is inconsistent with your education and experience in the financial field? Might it mean that you were an ex-politician and that you shouldn't dabble in what might be perceived to be the political process? Could it possibly be interpreted to mean then that your position should be in China speaking to the Chinese and representing Canada rather than in Canada speaking to Chinese-Canadians who might vote one way or another? Finally, might it mean that you forgot that you were a Canadian ambassador "to" China and not a Chinese ambassador acting on behalf "of" China?

The basic problem is how does McCallum take back or make amends for the comments that he so injudiciously made to the Chinese audience in Markham and by extension to the Chinese on the mainland by saying he misspoke? Everyone has heard the comments. That means members of the British Columbia Supreme Court. It includes Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould who will make the final decision. Mdme Meng has heard them. The Americans who said they were going ahead with the extradition process have heard them. The Chinese who are holding two recently detained Canadian citizens have heard them. The whole world has heard them as they have heard from Trudeau that Canada is absolutely following the rule of law.

Let me give you a hypothetical example. Imagine that Mdme Meng is being questioned by her defence lawyer about American political inference in the extradition request. Mdme Meng might answer that that was the opinion of the Canadian ambassador to China. He said "I think she has quite good arguments on her side. One, political involvement by comments from Donald Trump in her case". The political involvement that McCallum is referring to is likely that Trump might abandon the Meng case with a trade deal with China.

It may or may not be true that Trump was politically motivated concerning the extradition process. However, it is inappropriate for a Canadian ambassador to state an opinion on this matter two weeks before the hearing. Furthermore, it opens up the possibility that McCallum himself might be politically motivated for supporting the position of Mdme Meng on the extradition issue.

Trudeau's response to McCallum's comments were belated and tepid. It makes one think that while Trudeau was publically extolling "rule of law" to the world that he was privately supporting expediency in the Meng case. This does not exonerate or exculpate McCallum for what he said because he was the one who said it. He must be held responsible for what he said.

Trudeau tells China that it should not mix political concerns with commercial ones. Isn't he mixing political concerns with judicial ones by not firing McCallum for his interference in the Meng case and saying that if McCallum were recalled it would not further the release of the hostages? Since the beginning of the new year all Trudeau seems to be thinking about is his election campaign. Now, he doesn't want to lose the vote of Chinese-Canadians. However, because he lacks a coherent policy on China his actions are inconsistent and incomprehensible.

D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi

2019年1月27日












                        Another Lost Opportunity for Canada


This report will be my last on this website. Therefore, I'll be brief. Canada has said that it wants trade with China and that it also values human and civil rights. However, in the past, only lip service has been paid to rights. In my opinion, having worked and lived in China since 1992, Canada could have found a balance with the Dawu Group--particularly after 2004. That was the year Dawu Group introduced the Private Entrepreneurial Constitutional System. It was the first in China and one of the first in the world to introduce and develop "ethical capitalism". It places people ahead of profit; yet, it is a highly profitable model. How many private enterprises or state-owned enterprises in China are debt free? One may ask the same question about private and public companies in Canada.

While I initially worked and lived in the city (Beijing) and in many other cities I did not ignore the countryside. Most Canadian and Americans though only want to live in the cities. About 15 years ago, I met an American businessman who came to Dawu Group. He was new to China. He came to Dawu Group to sell and he sold. I suggested to him that he establish his base at Dawu Group because Sun Dawu was one of the few Chinese he would be able to trust in business. Also, Sun could introduce him to like minded entrepreneurs. Instead, he chose Shanghai as his base. He was far removed from the poultry farming business and the farmers.

Canadians have either been unaware of Dawu Group or have totally ignored it. They certainly don't understand it. How could a farmer who is practical and down to earth also have developed a theoretical framework for an enterprise and city as a model for China in part through the guidance of UNIRULE which has been one of the leading, private think-tanks in China. It is impossible for Canadians even to imagine it let alone accept it.

Canadians understand Confucius as a philosopher who is famous for his aphorisms. They are generally unaware of how Confucianism based on the family and ancestor worship is the essence of China and has been that way for thousands of years. They would be baffled how Confucianism could be applied to a business model. That is exactly what Dawu Group has successfully done. At the heart of Dawu City and Group is the Confucian temple--as well as a Buddhist temple.

Farming is a kind of down to earth business. Therefore, Sun Dawu's outlook is quite practical. As a matter of fact, he defines "justice" as common sense. For example, he is looking to the courts to render a decision based on common sense in the plagarism or theft of the Group's intellectual property with respect to the Jinfeng strain of hen. However, his philosophy is surprisingly in harmony with the views of a leading private, economic think-tank called Unirule which argues that growth in the economy is based on private enterprise as opposed to state-owned enterprise.   

Personally, I admit that I can't keep up with the growth of Dawu Group. For example, its whole swine herd of 15,000 was devasted by swine flu in January 2019. It is now planning to raise 25,000 swine at a new facility in the countryside under a new enterprise. I am surprised to learn in the article below that Dawu Group has 9000 employees. That's half the size of my hometown. They will be expanding their enterprises in several areas. The Group has primary, secondary and tertiary industries. However, Canadians and Canadian businesses will not be part of any of it. That is because Canada does not have a cogent, coherent policy and strategy regarding China.








General Manager Liu Ping was invited to attend the 19th Fourth Plenary Session of Xushui District Party and the Forum of Entrepreneurs


On the morning of November 23, at 9:00 am, the "Presentation of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Xushui District Party of Baoding City and the Forum for Entrepreneurs" was held in the conference room on the sixth floor of the Xushui District Government.

Dawu Group has integrated the development of one, two, and three industries. It has been 35 years since 1984. It has more than 9,000 employees and an increase of 1,000 employees per year. The sub-industry breeding poultry, breeding pigs, and feed are all tax-exempt companies. Therefore, the government gives priority to industrial enterprises to the land index issue, which leads to almost no land use index. We hope that the government at all levels of land regulation will give strong support in 2020.

Great Wall, Juli, and Chenyang have undertaken a lot of taxation tasks, and correspondingly reduced the burden on agricultural and pastoral enterprises. On behalf of the agricultural and pastoral enterprises, I would like to thank the industrial enterprises that pay more taxes. In the next few years, our group will cultivate 2 to 3 companies that pay more than 10 million in taxes, such as hot springs and food industrial parks.

The "Large noon golden phoenix" independently cultivated by noon breeding poultry is the world's first. It won the first prize of provincial scientific and technological progress last year. Wang Dongfeng, the secretary of the provincial party committee, personally presented the award to me. Companies have dignity, and government leaders are also caring and recognizing us for tax-exempt companies; now the group does not have a penny loan, relying solely on its own funds to develop in a rolling way, and the way forward is very stable. Some of them are getting along with friends from all walks of life.

Everyone else feels that our group personnel are not good at speaking. In fact, we just say everything is true and serious. In the future, we hope that everyone will give us more valuable opinions. Some units have irregularities. Please ask government departments to help regulate and improve. I believe that under the leadership and supervision of Xushui District Party Committee and government at all levels, the development of Dawu Group will become better.


http://www.dawu.com.cn/news/news181.html

 




                         
                         


Let me ask you a simple question. Were you aware of the "Fifth Global Social Enterpreneur Ecology Forum? It was held in Beijing from November 2-3. One of the keynote speakers was Sun Dawu. I don't remember seeing it in the Western press--particularly of Canada, but also of United States and Great Britain. I don't believe that Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders who might be classified as socialists mentioned it as they prepared for Iowa. However, former Prime Minister of Australia--Kevin Rudd--was there. Yes, that's the same Kevin Rudd who accompanied Kissinger to meet President Xi Jinping five days later.

Did Canadians participate in the forum? Did our Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade (such a long designation) attend the forum? Did our new ambassador attend the forum? Was our new foreign minister in attendance? Whatever their titles they understand big SOE or state-owned enterprise. Can they see  "SEE" or Social Entrepreneurial Enterprise or "SEEE" Social Entrepreneurial Ecological Enterprise? Now, that extra "E" for Ecology is not just a symbolic affectation for Dawu Group because an important part of its business model is ecological and sustainable tourism.





Supervisor Sun Dawu was invited to participate in the Global Social Entrepreneur Ecology Forum

Beijing


November 5, 2019


        From November 2 to 3, the "Fifth Global Social Entrepreneur Ecology Forum" initiated by the Global Social Entrepreneurs Alliance in conjunction with Business Media Group, AirMedia Group, Beijing Huaxia School of Management, Shihua Group and other units was held in Beijing. The theme of this forum is "bearing the mission of the times and leading ecological growth". More than 1,400 guests including international and domestic influential guests, experts, scholars and social entrepreneurs participated. Supervisor Sun Dawu was invited to participate. Jin Fengyu, deputy chief of the group, Ji Weilian, assistant to the chairman of the board of supervisors, Li Qingpeng, deputy manager of Chuancheng Company, and Dong Yan, deputy manager of Chuancheng's comprehensive business department, accompanied the participants.

        On November 2nd, the guests shared the theme of social entrepreneurship. People's mind management, profit model, corporate heritage, social responsibility and other issues have now received widespread attention from entrepreneurs.





                      



        On November 3rd, the forum shared themes: ecological growth, core competitiveness, sustainable operation. Supervisor Sun Dawu gave a keynote speech on “Constitution of Private Enterprises Labor-Management Republic”


        1. The "Constitution of Private Enterprises" system aims to blur ownership, consolidate the right to use, and share labor results. The system is not governed, but the constitutionalist sets limits. The group has a board of supervisors, a board of directors, and a council. The three powers of ownership, decision-making, and management are separated and coordinated and restricted. The "private enterprise constitution" system is easy to graft and manage for other systems.

        2. Dawu Group does not rely on the market economy and planned economy and independently develops "social economy". Its essence is "the society is an immortal enterprise, and the enterprise is an immortal society."

        3. The social responsibility of entrepreneurs is not to do good deeds,but to provide employees with better benefits and a better life for the local people. Entrepreneurs are responsible for employees and society.

        4. People's property, production, supply and marketing only exist at the same time in what is called the enterprise form. The enterprise is the sum of the relationships between people, including the relationship between the company and employees, between the company and the family, between the company and the society. It is harmonious, and such entrepreneurs are social entrepreneurs.


        After the meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors was interviewed by the business media. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors pointed out that the fate must be in their own hands, and the company must operate with people's hearts internally and products outside. The "private enterprise constitution" system is applicable to other enterprises, but the difficulty lies in changing the thinking of the first generation. The future development of Dawu Group has no concept of making money, and the goal is to build Dawu City. Regarding the "private enterprise constitution" of private ownership, public governance, and sharing, it is actually the essence of socialism. The foundation of socialism is private, the essence is public governance, and labor results are shared.

        In this forum, the sharing of the Supervisor's Chairman Sun Dawu aroused the sympathy of the participants and the applause continued. After the sharing, the media and participating entrepreneurs took photos and exchanged views with the Supervisor's Chairman. The scene was enthusiastic. Dawu Group visited and studied. The organizer invited the chairman of the board of supervisors to participate in the Global Social Entrepreneur Forum next year.

Important guests at the conference: Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Former President of San Marino Gian Franco Terenzi, President of Beijing Huaxia School of Management Jiang Lanxin, Chairman of Huatai Insurance Group Wang Zimu, Hangmei Media Ji Lianqiang, Chairman of the Group, Liu Qihui, Chairman of the Business Media Group, Liu Ji, Special Auditor of the State Council, Ding Liguo, Chairman of Delong Iron and Steel Industry Group, Wang Chunyi, Vice Chairman of the China Ecological Civilization and Promotion Association, and Xia, Chairman of Yiwen Group Hua, Li Jiaxiang, former Party Secretary of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Ma Weihua, former President of China Merchants Bank, Jiang Xipei, Chairman of Far East Holding Group, Xue Xiangdong, Chairman of Donghua Software Co., Ltd., Ma Bin, Vice President of Tencent Group, Chen Hong, Chairman of Hanergy Investment Group etc.



http://www.dawu.com.cn/news/news180.html











                                Moral Capitalism


There has been much comment about the appointment of Dominic Barton to the post of ambassador to China. To put it into simple words, I might say that he represents the privileged 1%. I'm 99% sure of this statement. However, I don't jump to conclusions. There is a 1% chance that I may be wrong in this instance. He could surprise us.

I'd like to bring to his attention that a few days prior to his appointment, the Unirule Institute in China was permanently closed down. It is a liberal think-tank in the area of economics. Unirule was established in 1993 in the Haidian District of Beijing. In that very year I was teaching graduate students at the doctoral level in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) at  (中关村) Zhongguancun or the technology hub of China in Haidian District.

Later, I met officials of Unirule on a rather regular basis at Langwushuang perhaps beginning in the year 2004. The common denominator was the Dawu Group which was run by SUN Dawu. Both Unirule and Dawu Group had overlapping interests, but a prominent one was that both supported the economic reforms and opening up implemented and engineered by DENG Xiaopeng. These reforms of what might be termed socialism with capitalist characteristics began a period of unprecedented economic growth.

Generally speaking, Barton wants to see capitalism revamped because of certain weaknesses and problems that have become manifest in it. What took place though in China was a revamping of socialism through capitalism. It took place over more than two decades.

However, the Xi leadership is ending that capitalist development which propelled China's economy and is resorting to a tried but not true state controlled economy through state-owned enterprises or SOE's and a state controlled bank. That's a top down economy which introduces many distortions. It also breeds corruption. Corruption engenders discontent and disquietude among the 99%--including myself.

On the other hand, SUN designed the Private Enterprise Constitutional System. It is an example of moral capitalism. It puts people first and is run bottom up. The workers decide what to do and when to do it. This model has been very successful at serving the people. It has spawned twenty-two enterprises and two joint-ventures. Profit levels are about 30%. The companies have virtually no debt which is almost unprecedented in China or in the West. It has established a model city for China or for that matter Canada based on a 100 year plan.

It seems to me that Ambassador Dominic Barton has a choice. There is no doubt that one should have been bullish on China up until 2015 as he has been. However, a state-controlled economy will not continue the growth and real growth is declining perhaps faster than official figures indicate. The economy is overburdened by debt.

If  however Ambassador Barton were to recognize the virtue of moral capitalism with socialist characteristics he might serve the interests of people or the 99% in both Canada and China. These countries and peoples would then have something in common.

It may be possible to establish joint-ventures between Dawu Group and Canadian companies. It would provide a template on how Canadian companies could also deal with other Chinese companies both in China and in Canada. The Sun system is based on mandatory voting and elections every two years.

By setting up a consulate at Langwuzhaung, Hebei you would demonstrate to Canadians that you put people ahead of profits. You would begin to silence your critics who rather vociferously advocate human liberties and civil rights. Really, Ambassador Barton, holding a retreat a short distance from a Uyghur closed-camp within might be termed an open “Many Belts and Many Rods” Program. That is not a misspell of mine but a misjudgement of yours.