D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi

School of Hard Knocks


                        The School of Hard Knocks

The author has tried an experiment by creating a CHINA NEWS page. He added a counter to determine the interest in its content. Unfortunately, there is almost no interest in the page. Therefore, it will be discontinued. The hits on my homepage though indicate to me that my readers expect something today or December 1, 2019 to be said. You will not be disappointed.

Today is not just another day. It is one day and one year from the anniversary of the signing of the USMCA in Buenos Aires with its 32.10 clause called the China clause preventing free-trade with China. It is one year from the arrest of Mdme Meng in Vancouver on her way to Mexico to talk with its new president about Huawei's 5G network. Today, is the anniversary of the day that the airways died and the levee was dry. Its the demise of Miss Canadian Pie and there is simply noise left. The first day of December is also the day on which China mandates facial scanning of registrants of new mobile devices of Huawei and other Chinese phones. Finally, December 1, 2019 approaches the anniversary of the arrest of Spavor and Kovrig who were arrested and held incommunicado or a state of no communication in response to the arrest of Mdme Meng.

The author includes one last story about the requirement by the Chinese government for citizens--mainly young people--to have their faces scanned before being allowed to register a new mobile service. There are a couple of reasons given in the article for the introduction of this requirement. However, they do not include the government's disapproval and dissatisfaction with the ability of the young people of Hong Kong to wear masks in their peaceful protest.

In the author's opinion the Hong Kong mask issue was the key reason for the introduction of the new registration process on the mainland. Whether or not it will be extended to Hong Kong and become another thorn of contention for the young people of Hong Kong is another matter. If Chinese young people on the mainland are required to have their faces scanned it is in effect like removing their mask of anonymity.

It may also come to fruition that all Chinese citizens will not be allowed to wear masks in their normal, everyday activities. Citizens wear face masks because of high pollution levels. They also wear face masks so that they don't transmit diseases to other citizens. In other words, they wear face masks for their own health and for the health considerations of their fellow citizens.

One might assume that many readers just don't care about what goes on in China. It is far removed from their lives. However, the author contends this approach may be short-sighted because China is coming to them whether they like it or not. If one doesn't understand China then one won't know what the "social credit system" is, how our government can now rely on it to screen Chinese for Canadian visas and how in the future China may require Canadians applying for Chinese visas to go through a screening process by the same social credit system.

The author appreciates that most Canadian citizens do not have the same interest in China as he has. His roommate at university was not a Canadian from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia but a Chinese  from Beijing. In fact, he met his Chinese roommate before Justin Trudeau was born. His acquaintance with the Chinese did not start with his arrest in 2003 as he was attempting to start a college at Dawu Group, but began a decade earlier in Beijing when he was employed as a "foreign expert" of the Chinese government at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has lived and worked throughout China and has seen more cities than most Chinese who were restricted due to the "Hukou system".

As a result, he has tried to educate Canadian citizens about China. Since 2014 he has diligently attempted to warn them about developments in China which pertain particularly to "rule of law". Our government has been blissfully and willfully ignorant of what is happening in China as our government has in turn been governed by Chinese-Canadian business interests. Our citizens need to know this.

It is understandable that Canadian citizens know Canada better than China. They are getting an education though about China the hard way not from a former teacher in China, but from the total collapse of the China-Canada relationship. They understand what the imprisonment of Kovrig and Spavor means. They understand what the imprisonment of Mdme Meng means. They see how a dream of free-trade with China has become a nightmare of curtailment of trade through reprisals by the Chinese government. They see how the Canadian government's tolerance for exploring an extradition treaty with China is manifested in the total collapse of Hong Kong (which has 300,000 Canadian ex-pats) and whose students rejected an extradition treaty between Hong Kong and China. Maybe Canadian citizens will listen to the whisper of their own intuition and common sense which reveals that the Huawei 5G decision should not be left up to the Canadian government and their governing body called the China-Canada Business Council but by themselves through a binding national referendum.

Updated December 03, 2019