The clash of dictators with free societies

PART ONE IS HERE: http://www.actonforum.com/blogs/allenn/dealing-authoritarian-dictators

I'm up in Canada for a trip this week, and read the regional "Globe and Mail" newspaper, which reported on a recent attempt by the Canadian government to agree to a criminal extradition treaty with China. When the Canadian politicians proposed such legislation, other legislators and former employees of Canada's Security Intelligence Service objected (rightly so.) Here is a link to the article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/china-to-canada-dont-follow-australias-lead-on-extradition-treaty/article34442527/

The article goes into what seems to be the main objection (and the only objection deemed credible, I guess, from Canada's Liberal government) which is that China could impose the death penalty on their criminals. Canada does not have a death penalty, so Canada would not want to send a "criminal" back to China only to be killed. The article also mentioned, more in passing, that some criminals in China might be tortured, so that would be another reason not to comply with an extradition request. As usual, just like in the U.S., the Canadian Liberals missed the point of why China would try so hard to implement such an agreement and how it seeks to control its population with such agreements.

Let's start with the obvious. If some "criminal" escapes from China to Canada, a lot of countries exporting its bad citizens in this way would be happy to let them go. Heck, Mexico has been exporting its criminals to the U.S. for years, which is one reason why so many Americans support a policy of tightened border security. I recently read that many of our bilateral treaties with other countries require them to accept back any criminals we capture and deport, and some of these countries now refuse to take them back. So capturing "criminals" to "return them to justice" in China is probably the least of China's concerns.

No, what is clearly going on here is the totalitarian Chinese Communists trying to close off foreign escape routes for citizens who defy the government.

Look what happens to foreign dissidents in totalitarian regimes who run and hide. Countries like North Korean or Russian hunt them down and they get assassinated! I'm sure the Chinese would have no problem doing the same, but if they can get the Canadian government to willingly hand over escaping political dissidents, that would be a much better solution.

So here we have Canada initially agreeing that returning "criminals" to China is fine, and when they run into flak from some clear-eyed Canadians, they talk about the death penalty being possibly the reason not to repatriate escaping Chinese. Why are some people so willing to ignore reality? I guess the benefits of doing business with the Chinese outweigh what the Chinese do to their people. Like I discussed in my first post, I guess it is an internal affair and not anyone else's concern...right?

China has one-party rule which stifles or eliminates dissent among their people through brutality. They do not follow the rule of law or have free elections. Chinese who defy the government and then try to escape can be "prosecuted" for criminal conduct, and they would love it if Western countries acting as de facto sanctuaries would facilitate this farce by confirming that escapees are criminals and returning them to the Communist regime under an extradition treaty.

Think about the recent attempts by Turkey to grab a Turkish citizen who is hiding out from the Turkish government in Pennsylvania. The Turks would love to just snatch this guy back up under cover of darkness, or maybe assassinate him. Lucky for the guy, he is high-profile enough that any attempts would (hopefully) be met by very harsh reprisals from the U.S. because of infringements on our sovereignty. Had we honored some bogus criminal complaint against this guy, he'd probably be already eliminated by the Turkish leader, who is attempting to form his own totalitarian state as we speak.

Canada should just make it clear that until China has free elections, nobody is going to be extradited for fear of political persecution, plain and simple.

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