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YOU SAID IT: China talk cheap

YOU SAID IT: China talk cheap
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Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.

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CHINA TALK CHEAP

Re: Well, that’ll show ’em; Int’l declaration rips states arbitrarily holding foreigners, Feb. 16

So Canada has cobbled together an international declaration of some 58 countries against China’s illegal detentions for political purposes.

Big whup! Talk is cheap.

When will Canada and any of the other signatories do something with real consequences to drive the message home to China? Tariffs, trade sanctions and other economic and diplomatic measures will have a far greater effect than mere talk. Can we expect other countries will undertake any substantive action in support that may have negative repercussions on them, when Canada itself refuses to take any action? Ending the procrastination in making a decision and finally announcing a ban on Huawei involvement in 5G network development would be a good start.

Actions speak louder than words. Inaction speaks even louder than action, notably to fear Chinese retribution. Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau ended his news conference by stating, “We’ll see how things go in the coming months.”

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Months? Shows how slowly they expect changes to develop — if they come at all.

MIKE ALAIN

OTTAWA

(Meanwhile, the two Michaels languish in custody.)

GUTLESS RHETORIC

What a dopey declaration that this country signed along with 57 other nations denying state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes. The usual gutless rhetoric from our Liberal government, this time spouted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau, who would not name any specific countries.

Well, grow a spine Mr. Spaceman. The imprisonment of the two Michaels for no reason but retaliation has now surpassed 800 painful days. This is another limousine-liberal, feel-good gesture that will solve squat.

Let’s be honest, our government is completely intimidated by Beijing.

STEPHEN FLANAGAN

OTTAWA

(It sure does appear that way.)

CHINA MUST BE STOPPED

Whether it is its refusal to release facts regarding COVID-19, its kidnapping of the two Michaels, its brutal treatment of its citizens in Hong Kong, its intimidation of Chinese outside of China or one of many other breaches of civilized behaviour, I have to wonder why anyone outside of China would even deal with it.

China has become extremely wealthy by using cheap labour to build cheap junk and we have been enabling it by buying that junk. Their current leadership is very much a tyrannical one and it must be stopped. The only way to stop them is to cut off their revenue stream, and the only way to do that is to stop dealing with them.

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India will soon replace China as the world’s most populous country and it is our friend. Let’s deal with India.

DOUG MCGOLDRICK

OTTAWA

(Seems simple enough.)

‘CRIME’ STOPPERS

Re: Curfew fining a cottage industry, Feb. 14

What’s truly shocking in this case is that the police were actually willing and able to obtain an actual warrant to enter a cottage in the Outaouais where the suspected “crime” was a few too many people inside or, even worse, mixed households.

It’s just amazing how Canadians are so willing to give up their rights during a pandemic. I sure hope those diligent Quebec police officers didn’t miss any actual crimes while they were after those “criminal” cottagers. I’m so happy that they were brought to justice.

MIKE SHURTLIFF

KANATA

(Hold fast – we’re all in this together.)



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