Cause to worry.

Cause to worry

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The Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties have now de­tained two Cana­di­ans in China, Michael Kovrig Kovrig and Michael Spa­vor on na­tional se­cu­rity grounds, quite likely over the ar­rest at the re­quest of the U.S. of Meng Wanzhou. Canada will ap­ply the rule of law, by the num­bers. I would be sur­prised to see that from China. Iron­i­cally U.S. Pres­i­dent Trumps’ tweet of­fer­ing to in­ter­vene on Meng’s be­half in re­turn for trade may just of­fer the ex­ec­u­tive’s lawyers a strong get out of jail card, well house ar­rest any­way.

It just goes to show how quickly re­la­tions can go south es­pe­cially when one side is a su­per power and hon­estly, deep down, I’ve al­ways thought China likes us not. Not just us but the en­tire west. Travel to China has not been ad­vised against by Cana­dian au­thor­i­ties, yet, just cau­tion. This af­fair could get a whole lot worse. Com­pa­nies that have ma­jor in­ter­ests in China have cause to worry. Sell­ing oil to China? Maybe a plan B would be good idea.

The Brexit vote went to the wire. The UK gov­ern­ment pulled it as there was no way it would win. Theresa May has un­der­gone a vote of no con­fi­dence in her from her own party and won it. Now, she’s off to Brus­sels to try and clar­ify the deal to make it more palat­able. I hon­estly be­lieve still that this can be done and MPs when face with a deal or a cliff edge will go for the deal in the na­tional in­ter­est. Petty, selfish par­ti­san pol­i­tics have no place here in my opin­ion. On top of the ri­ots, France is now reel­ing from an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack. Whether the search for the gun­man and shoot out will mute the demon­stra­tions re­mains to be seen. Tax will not cure cli­mate change. Glob­ally if we can fix (make car­bon neu­tral) power and trans­port then I think we would be in with a chance. Can we do it, glob­ally? I don’t think so, not in the time we have. Per­haps un­less some real high ups get a ma­jor cli­mate change scare that af­fects them of their fam­i­lies. Fo­cuses the mind bet­ter, I think.

The New Year will bring change in the U.S. Congress and with it I think un­com­fort­able times for Don­ald Trump. I’ve long thought that if this was Star Trek, McCoy and Spock would have pulled the not fit for com­mand ploy.

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