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China to eradicate poverty in 3 years

The plan is both ambitious and achievable based on China’s remarkable economic and infrastructural records.

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Chinese news outlet Xinhua has released the full remarks of President Xi Jinping from a 23 June symposium on the eradication of poverty which took place in Shanxi Province.

During his speech President Xi stated that he seeks to embark on a three year plan to fully eradicate rural poverty in the county.

The Chinese economic boom which begun during the reformist era of Paramount Leader Deng Xiaoping, has transformed China from a mainly agrarian developing economy to an industrial powerhouse and leading exporter. The IMF has recently stated that it expects to move its headquarters to China within a decade as it is projected with almost complete certainty that in terms of GDP, the Chinese economy will soon outpace that of the United States which had led the world for most of the 20th century and into the 21st. In many other areas, China already leads the world.

Three major developments have occurred under the leadership of Xi Jinping which have had further transformative effects on China.

First of all, it was during XI’s period in office that in 2013, China announced One Belt–One Road, the wide reaching trading/commerce infrastructure plan which seeks to harmonise world trade and elevate the trading capacities of both developing and developed economies. Crucially, unlike western derived schemes such as the WTO, One Belt–One Road does not include any requirements on governance or a nation’s economic characteristics. Instead, China seeks to integrate each nation’s growing capacities along wide reaching land roads and maritime belts in an interlocking system which plays to the existing and projected strengths of economies across several continents.

The second great achievement of the Xi era has been the flourishing of China’s internal market for not only basic goods but also Chinese made luxury goods. It is not out of the question that in the near future China’s number one market for Chinese made goods, will in fact be China, just as this was the case in respect of the United States during much of the 20th century.

Finally, China is rapidly moving on a path towards energy self-sufficiency and doing so in a manner that relies greatly on green technology. New cities in China are increasingly running primarily or entirely on solar energy at a pace which outstrips every other major nation and global region.

In many ways, the logical final frontier of China’s march towards full prosperity is the eradication of what remains of poor conditions in some rural areas.

President Xi said the following on the subject,

“We must send our best talents to the front line of the tough battle with extreme poverty. All levels of government should actively send cadres to station in poor villages in an effort to fortify the party leadership”.

He continued,

“The priority for the next stage is to solve the problems of social services, infrastructure and a basic medical services shortage in areas with deep-rooted poverty issues”.

The South China Morning Post further reports that Xi’s plan includes the following goals 

–An equitable distribution of land in poor rural areas 

–Relocate certain residents in decrepit areas to areas with modern living and working accommodations 

–Improve rural medical facilities and care, with an emphasis on the elderly and ill

–Employ local residence in environmental protection initiatives 

–Improve rural education 

–Create new transport infrastructure to poor rural locations 

–Create a plethora of new jobs in rural areas 

–Remove 12 million people from the official definition of poverty 

President Xi has stated that he believes these ambitious goals can be accomplished in spite of their broad scope. He has said,

“As long as we pay great attention, think correctly, take effective measures and work in a down-to-earth way, abject poverty is absolutely conquerable”.

China’s growth between 1978 and the present day has confounded most naysayers and defied the trends which have shaped modern expectations for economic and infrastructural growth.

Based on this reality, there is every chance that President Xi’s ambitious plans will in a few short years, become a settled reality for China.

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Shahna
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I realise it’s been pretty rough for some but nonetheless it’s been simply amazing.
Amazing what a govt can achieve when it also works for all its people instead of only for itself and a rich few.

….Even more amazing that this should be so for China – and not a Western nation where instead we see, increasing poverty.

Hamletquest
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Hamletquest

However you describe it, communism with a capitalist twist or capitalism with a communist twist the state organised economy seems to work.

Simon
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I’d describe it as getting your priorities right, based on reality.
Of course if they ‘enjoyed’ Liberal Democracy they might prioritise spending $2 trillion on a 16 year war in eg Bolivia or Congo instead.

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

I cannot imagine a Liberal China with a high proportion of its 1.38 BILLION people confused about gender identity.

JNDillard
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JNDillard

I don’t know who I admire more – Putin or Xi. Together, these guys are presenting the world with a viable way forward as the Empire dies.

tomo stojanovic
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tomo stojanovic

it’s simple – to prosper, a country just needs to make sure psychopaths are not put in positions of power. They cannot care about others even if they wanted to, such is the nature of their sickness. Putting them in charge of a country is like putting a fox in charge of a hen house. Americans instead glorify and worship them.

Godfree Roberts
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If you study it, you’ll see that our system weeds out anyone who’s not sociopathic.

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

IMO the economic models of both Russia, and China are National Socialist. Read Mein Kampf, and pay special attention to the economic theories posited by Gottfried Feder. This exercise requires conscious thought so it’s not for those faint of heart or foggy of mind. Reading Mein Kampf will no more turn a person into a Nazi that reading Das Capital will turn someone into a Communist so please spare me the “NAZI, NAZI, NAZI !!!” hysteria. It seems that a number of nations, especially in the Pacific rim, have begun to move purposefully toward the NS economic model. Regardless of… Read more »

Shahna
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….. Have you actually read Mein Kampf? I mean … started on the first page and gone all the way to the last? I ask because I tried. Really – I REALLY TRIED But it’s a whole big lorry catootie of …. endless WAFFLING. (I thought the preface’s description of “political pornography” was… kind.) It was banned here you see, so of course, I wanted to read it. And I eventually lent it to someone under the same terms I received it: You may borrow it if you promise never to return it. Nationalist Socialist Germany had some really very… Read more »

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Political Pornography? Do you think the reviewer could be somewhat biased. Yes, I’ve studied Mein Kampf. I have the two major translations from German to English: Murphy, and Manheim. I also have papers done my Chinese, Japanese, and Russian scholars. There is also an on line searchable version of Mein Kampf. Obviously, I don’t view Mein Kamph in the way you do, and the reason could be that I read with an open mind. Considering that you live in a society where Mein Kampf is banned perhaps you should ask why? What is it that your social engineers are afraid… Read more »

Shahna
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Was the writer of the preface biased? Probably – seems to me everyone is biased about MK one way or the other. I asked you because I was curious… I read most of the book but found it excruciatingly waffly. (And that was a LONG time ago.) I was hoping for …. reason rather than ‘just umbrage.’ I don’t live in a society where MK is banned. I live in South Africa: it was banned under the Apartheid Govt and book banning went the way of that govt. (NP govt was VERY good friends with Israel. And I mean VERY… Read more »

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You wrote that you’ve read Mein Kampf (see: http://hitler.org/writings/Mein_Kampf/ ). Chapter 11 succinctly articulates Adolf’s extreme racism against the Jewish people. Under Germany’s national socialist policies, the country miraculously recovered economically from the severe financial demands put upon it by the World War I reparations outlined in Article 231 of the Treaty of Versailles. However what if the fuehrer: 1. Didn’t blame the woes of German poverty on an entire race of people? 2. Didn’t extol the false virtues of Aryan society propaganda? 3. Didn’t put Germany on a path to destruction by making war in Europe? In your opinion:… Read more »

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Hitler and Germany didn’t start WW2: France and Britain declared war on Germany. Germany didn’t have much choice in the matter.

MyWikiDisQus
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MyWikiDisQus

Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in March of 1939 and Poland on September 1, 1939 (today is the 78th anniversary). If you don’t consider those two events as the start of WW II, then you’ve read the wrong history books.

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Germany invaded Czechoslovakia, and Poland to protect ethnic Germans from extermination. Also, there was the issue of taking back territory the return of which was provided for in the Versailles Treaty. England, France, and the Soviet Union piled on to turn a local issue into a war that deeply damaged their nations, and murdered as many as 75,000,000 people. Perhaps you’ve read the wrong history books.

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MyWikiDisQus

The three and a half million ethnic Germans who lived in the North and Western regions of Czechoslovakia (Sudetenland) were never threatened with “extermination” as you falsely wrote.

Hitler coerced the Czechs into giving up Sudentenland or face invasion. The Munich Treaty that was brokered by Britain’s Neville Chamberlain allowed Germany to annex the regions thereby gaining 10,000 square miles of territory in September, 1938. Six months later, the German Wehrmacht occupied Prague and Hitler declared Czechoslovakia “no more” (see: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/service_awards/sudetenland_occupation.htm ).

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Nations come, and nations go; history is replete with that. Czechoslovakia peeled off of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918, bounced around as pseudo nation until 1993, and then dissolved. During that time it was troublesome, and added greatly to global conflict. It reminds me of that other pseudo nation: Ukraine.

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Come on, dude. Hitler attacked Poland. What should the allies do? Sit and watch? They already did that in 1938, when it was only the USSR that prepared for a military conflict if necessary in order to aid Czechoslovakia.

Hitler and Germany DID start WWII. The revisionist view I tend to vehemently oppose is the one that originates in the Anglo-American countries, in Poland and the Baltics, always by virulent Russophobes. This is that the USSR is equally responsible for the outbreak of the war.

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XRGRSF

My post concerned the economics of NS Germany. I don’t care one wit about the Jewish people. What if? Who cares? What if you Jews didn’t invent the holohoax, and use it as an excuse to steal Palestine? What if you hadn’t put Israel on a path to destruction by feeding on the rest of the world? Do you really think you can protect yourselves with white quilt generated by your propaganda forever? Trust me, you will soon find that the sun does not rise, and fall on your fat kosher butt. A. The policies of exceptionalism, and militarism don’t… Read more »

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MyWikiDisQus

Please, your accusations of being a Zionist sympathizer are wasted. You couldn’t even give an opinion without running your racist mouth off. My question to you was based on historical facts relative to Germany’s rise from the ashes of financial ruin, poverty and starvation of its people. If Hitler focused on growing the nation into an international hub for commerce instead of war, Germany may have been one of the great economic powers of that era. Germany was one of the first European nations to extricate itself from the Great Depression. Under the national socialists, unemployment was reduced from 6… Read more »

Constantine
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Constantine

While many policies of the Nazis were positive, the underlying context was that of a sacrosanct state of the chosen, superior race. And that affected the course of the country. Thus, the reduction of unemployment was based to a certain extent to the mobilization of the war industry and the expansion of the armed forces. And success was further fed by territorial expansion. This is the case of the gold reserves of Czechoslovakia (much of it being the former Russian Imperial gold seized by the Czech Legion during the Civil War) which were used to balance the increasing military costs… Read more »

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Actually, I’m more of a fan of accurate history presented without distortion, and bias. You should try it sometime.

So tell me, Constantine, do you really view yourself as an Emperor?

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Why can’t you stay on the subject of economics? In what way am I racist? Am I racist simply because I refuse to worship a pack of thieving Zionist Jews? Is it because your primary motivation is to use what you view as racism to attack anyone who fails to bow before your Zionist Jews? The world has grown weary of your constant cries of racism, and antisemitism. Besides, Judaism is supposed to be a religion not a race.

MyWikiDisQus
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MyWikiDisQus

Glad you’re back. Let’s continue this thread and try and come to an understanding. You asked four questions in tandem. Q1: “Why can’t I stay on the subject of economics?” I did but I had to establish the background of Hitler’s racism he so succinctly declared in his autobiography as the foundation of my two points being, (A) his consuming bigotry towards the Jewish people blinded him from his greater achievement of leading Germany’s economic recovery and (B) by exploiting the success of his work and spreading it throughout Europe, he may have laid the genesis for the European Union… Read more »

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Indeed, let’s come to an understanding; 1. I made a comment on pre-WW 2 German economics, and you immediately piled on with the Jew garbage after I firmly stated that I was not supporting the Nazi cause. Why did you do that? Because the Jew is terrified of the effect of NS economics on their banking cartel. I submit a quote for Winston Churchill: “The unforgivable sin of Hitler’s German was to develop a new economic system by which the international bankers were deprived of their profits.” You then went on to obfuscate the subject by introducing spurious tidbits of… Read more »

MyWikiDisQus
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MyWikiDisQus

X-Man, I have to shake my head at your ridiculous assumptions and lack of comprehension when someone posts historical, irrefutable facts that you deliberate misconstrue to support a line of personal thought that reveals your blind, unwarranted hatred for an entire race of people. Your original post is not in dispute about the economic benefits of the German government’s national socialist economic model in the early 1930’s. I even concurred with your understanding of that period in my initial post. Did you even read what I wrote? Here let me repeat it again, word for word. “Under Germany’s national socialist… Read more »

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

I’ve studied all of the Abrahamic religions, in excruciating detail, and that’s why I don’t subscribe to them. You, sir, regardless of any or no religion that you profess, are a Jew. In this instance you are condemned by your own words, “Jews are a people who may or may not follow a religion.” It’s no small wonder that you are terrified by a discussion of NS economics.

MyWikiDisQus
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MyWikiDisQus

Your rant is incomprehensible and your conversation foul. You try and make a case for defamatory accusation based on what; that I wrote the truth? Despite your hatred for Jews, they are a tribe of people recognized by the world; the last of the Hebrew race. Like all peoples, there are good Jews and bad Jews representing the eternal struggle of man. They will all be judged in the end, like the rest of us. Your attempt to fashion a cogent argument about period economics and commingle it with racial condemnation is incredulous. You want to write about Germany’s national… Read more »

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

NS economics not NS policies. However, I love the way you people react when you’re desperate: Insults, name calling, and big words. Shakespeare had you pegged long ago, “All sound, and fury signifying nothing.”

MyWikiDisQus
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MyWikiDisQus

Whoa, back up a few posts, X-Man, it was you who slung the first vitriol, not me! However I apologize, I’ll try not to use “big words” to confound you in the future.

Policies are the administrative foundation for a government’s action. For example, The National Socialist policy for the German Workers Party was based upon a 25 point program (see: http://www.hitler.org/writings/programme/ ).

Here is some more detail on their economic policies (see: http://ihr.org/other/bauer1939economicpolicy )

and here (see: https://nazieconomicpolicy.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/1933-to-1936/ ).

Born Free
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Born Free

I’ll believe it when I see it. They are in a bad financial position now and have been for years….way worse than America…

Godfree Roberts
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They’re in great shape financially, according the the BIS. Average debt for their peers (way less than Japan’s) fast, sustainable growth, strong public support. Perhaps you’ve read too many headlines like these: 1990. The Economist. China’s economy has come to a halt. 1996. The Economist. China’s economy will face a hard landing 1998. The Economist: China’s economy enters a dangerous period of sluggish growth. 1999. Bank of Canada: Likelihood of a hard landing for the Chinese economy. 2000. Chicago Tribune: China currency move nails hard landing risk coffin. 2001. Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas: A hard landing in China. 2002. Westchester… Read more »

louis robert
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louis robert

Confirmation:

“Democracy is Failing | Eric X Li | Oxford Union”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9kqwMKyBvLc

Godfree Roberts
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Weirdly, it’s China that’s the real democracy:https://www.unz.com/article/selling-democracy-to-china/#new_comments

louis robert
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louis robert

Very interesting. Thanks, Godfree.

China will be central in my grandchildren’s world, a very different one indeed from the current one.

Born Free
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Born Free

Disagree. China is facing a bank crisis because of their debt. It’s much greater than ours as a percentage of GDP.

Godfree Roberts
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Here’s ours and theirs:comment image

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Germany Wants Nuclear Bombers

Germany does not manufacture atomic weapons but has come to consider itself as a nuclear power because it has vectors to use them.

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Germany’s armed forces are currently studying the possibility of acquiring nuclear bombers capable of using the new American B61-12 atomic bombs.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon itself plans to deploy these new atomic bombs in the German region of Eifel, in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The German air force already has multi-tasking Tornado warplanes, which are already capable of deploying American atomic bombs. But those aircraft are going to be replaced, possibly, by European-developed Eurofighters, or by United States manufactured F/A-18 Super Hornets.

Either way, the warplane that Germany selects will have to be equipped with the AMAC (Aircraft Monitoring and Control) system, which allows the use of the new American atomic bombs and enables the regulation of the power of the explosion as well as at what height the bombs explode after they are launched.

Germany does not manufacture atomic weapons but has come to consider itself as a nuclear power because it has vectors to use them, and believes that this gives it the right to sit on the UN Security Council sharing the permanent member position occupied by France.

Both countries would thus represent the European Union, under the auspices of NATO.

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1st since Notre Dame: Yellow Vests back despite ‘unifying’ disaster & they are angry

‘Yellow Vests’ march in Paris for 23rd straight week.

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Yellow Vests protests brought clashes and tear gas back to the streets of Paris, despite politicians’ calls for “unity” in the wake of the Notre Dame fire. For protesters, the response to the fire only showed more inequality.

Saturday’s protests mark the 23rd straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations, but the first since Notre Dame de Paris went up in flames on Monday. Officials were quick to criticize the protesters for returning to the streets so soon after the disaster.

“The rioters will be back tomorrow,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters on Friday. “The rioters have visibly not been moved by what happened at Notre-Dame.”

For many of the protesters, grief over the destruction of the 800-year-old landmark has made way for anger. With smoke still rising from Notre Dame, a group of French tycoons and businessmen pledged €1 billion to the cathedral’s reconstruction, money that the Yellow Vests say could be better spent elsewhere.

“If they can give dozens of millions to rebuild Notre Dame, they should stop telling us there is no money to respond to the social emergency,” trade union leader Philippe Martinez told France 24.

Saturday’s protests saw a return to scenes familiar since the Yellow Vests first mobilized in November to protest a fuel tax hike. Demonstrators in Paris’ Bastille district set barricades on fire and smashed vehicles, and police deployed tear gas to keep the crowds at bay.

Sporadic incidents of vandalism and looting were reported across the city, and some journalists even reported rioters throwing feces at police.

60,000 police officers were deployed across the country, and in Paris, a security perimeter was set up around Notre Dame. A planned march that would have passed the site was banned by police, and elsewhere, 137 protesters had been arrested by mid afternoon, police sources told Euronews.

Beginning as a show of anger against rising fuel costs in November, the Yellow Vests movement quickly evolved into a national demonstration of rage against falling living standards, income inequality, and the perceived elitism and pro-corporation policies of President Emmanuel Macron. Over 23 weeks of unrest, Macron has made several concessions to the protesters’ demands, but has thus far been unable to quell the rising dissent.

After Notre Dame caught fire on Monday, the president postponed a television address to the nation, during which he was expected to unveil a package of tax cuts and other economic reforms, another measure to calm the popular anger in France.

Macron’s address will be held on Thursday.

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O Canada! The True North Strong and Free – Not

Maybe it’s past time for Canadians to get serious again about their independence.

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Canadian visitors to Washington sometimes wonder why their embassy stands at the foot of Capitol Hill.

The answer? To be close to where Canada’s laws are made.

A main showcase of Ottawa’s craven servility to Washington is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s complicity in the US-led regime change operation being conducted against Venezuela. Not content with ruining his own country with multiculturalism, polysexualism, and the like, Li’l Justin has acted in lockstep with Big Brother to the south inslapping sanctions on Venezuelan officials and serving as a US agent of influence, especially with other countries in the western hemisphere:

‘A Canadian Press report published at the end of January revealed that Canadian diplomats worked systematically over several months with their Latin American counterparts in Caracas to prepare the current regime-change operation, pressing [Venezuelan President Nicolás] Maduro’s right-wing opponents to set aside their differences and mount a joint challenge to the government. “The turning point,” said the Canadian Press [Global News], “came Jan. 4, when the Lima Group … rejected the legitimacy of Maduro’s May 2018 election victory and his looming January 10 inauguration, while recognizing the ‘legitimately elected’ National Assembly.” The report cited an unnamed Canadian official as saying the opposition “were really looking for international support of some kind, to be able to hold onto a reason as to why they should unite, and push somebody like Juan Guaidó.”

‘One day prior to Maduro’s inauguration, [Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia] Freeland spoke to Guaidó, the newly-elected National Assembly speaker, by telephone to urge him to challenge the elected Venezuelan president.’

But that’s not all. Canada is out front and center in the “Five Eyes” intelligence agencies’ war on China’s Huawei – with direct prompting from US legislators and intelligence.  As explained by Col. Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Gen. Colin Powell, it’s not that Huawei violated any law when circumventing US sanctions but it is the US that is acting illegally by unilaterally imposing sanctions that were never agreed to internationally. But that’s OK – when it comes to Washington’s claims of jurisdiction over every human being on the planet, Justin and Chrystia are happy to oblige!

Also, let’s not forget Chrystia’s role in keeping the pot boiling in Ukraine. It would of course be cynical (and probably racist) to attribute anything relating to Ukraine to her own interesting family background …

To be fair, the lickspittle attitude of Canadian officials towards their masters south of the 49th parallel is hardly unique in the world. Also to be fair, it’s natural and would be generally beneficial for Canada to have a positive relationship with a powerful, kindred neighbor rather than a negative one. Think of Austria’s ties to Germany, or the Trans-Tasman relationship of Australia and New Zealand, or the links that still exist between Russia and Ukraine despite efforts by the west to set them against each other (as, for example, Spain and Portugal were at loggerheads for several centuries, when the latter was a loyal ally of Spain’s foe, Great Britain, to such an extent that Portugal was sometimes shown on maps and globes in the same pink as British possessions; a similar situation existed between Argentina and British ally Chile).

A close and mutually advantageous relationship is one thing, but Canada’s de facto loss of independence is another. Not only does the US control Canada’s diplomacy, military, and intelligence but also her financial system (with, among other levers, the notorious FATCA law, which places Canadian institutions under the supervision of the IRS, with Canada’s revenue service acting, care of the Canadian taxpayer, as a cat’s paw for not only the IRS but the NSA and other snooping agencies). As explained by one Canadian nationalist (yes, they do exist!), the redoubtable David Orchard, trade is also a critical issue:

‘Canada …, after almost three decades of “free trade” with the U.S., has more than $1.2 trillion in federal and provincial debt, large deficits at every level, no national child or dental care, high university tuition, miserly old age pensions, years of massive budget cuts, and giveaway prices for its exports of oil, gas, timber and minerals.

‘For 150 years, great Canadian leaders have warned that without an economic border with the United States, we would soon no longer have a political border.

‘We once owned the world’s largest farm machinery maker, Massey Harris, headquartered in Toronto; built the world’s largest and most respected marketer of wheat and barley, the Canadian Wheat Board, based in Winnipeg; created a great transcontinental railway system, beginning in Montreal, which tied our country together; and saw Vancouver’s shipyards produce the beautiful Fast Cat ferry.

‘Instead of spending hundreds of billions on foreign-made machinery, electronics, automobiles, ships, fighter jets and passenger aircraft (even payroll systems for federal employees!), we can build our own, both for the domestic and export market.

‘We once designed and built the world’s most advanced jet interceptor, the Avro Arrow, so we know it can be done. [Emphasis added] With Canada’s resources and ingenuity, it could create a prosperous, domestically controlled economy that would give Canadians multiple benefits, security and pride of ownership. All that is required is some of the will that drove our ancestors to create an alternate power in North America. As George-Étienne Cartier, the great Québécois Father of Confederation, put it, “Now everything depends on our patriotism.”’ [Note: Orchard is the author of the must-read book The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to American Expansionism. To begin at the beginning, in the late 1680s, as part of English-French rivalry in North America, Massachusetts Puritans sought to root out the nest of popish deviltry known as Quebec. Following their disastrous 1690 defeat, they decided to fight Satan closer to home by hanging witches. The rest, as they say, is history…]

Scratch a Canadian patriot and you’ll hear about the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow. As a watershed moment in Canada’s downward slide into subservience, the cancellation of what by all accounts was a magnificent aircraft – and a snapshot of what Canada’s international competitiveness (including in advanced aerospace) could have looked like had it been able to develop independently – might have been the point of being sucked into the American vortex. As noted by one response to my suggestion that Ottawa’s stance on Venezuela amounted to Canada’s annexation by the US: “Canadian here…unfortunately, the above is true (not literally of course, but in practice). It goes back even before the time of Diefenbaker, who canceled our Avro Arrow program on demand from the US – thus destroying our aerospace industry and causing brain drain to the US/Europe.”

To this day, the decision of then-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker to kill the Arrow project (and “put 14,528 Avro employees, as well as nearly 15,000 other employees in the Avro supply chain of outside suppliers, out of work”) on what came to be known as “Black Friday,” February 20, 1959, remains controversial and shrouded in mystery. A mix of budgetary, political, technological, and personality factors has been cited, none of them conclusive. Pressure from the US side, including unwillingness of Washington to purchase a Canadian aircraft when the US could pressure them to buy American planes and missiles, no doubt played a key role: “Instead of the CF-105, the RCAF invested in a variety of Century Series fighters from the United States. These included the F-104 Starfighter (46 percent of which were lost in Canadian service), and (more controversial, given the cancellation of the Arrow) the CF-101 Voodoo. The Voodoo served as an interceptor, but at a level of performance generally below that expected of the Arrow.”

While we may never know reliably why Diefenbaker cancelled the Arrow or how Canada or Canadian industry might have followed a different path, there’s no question of the superior capabilities of the Arrow. As it happens, one of the few pilots who had a chance to test the Arrow in an impromptu friendly dogfight is now-retired USAF fighter pilot Col. George Jatras, later US Air Attaché in Moscow (also, this analyst’s father). As he related in 2017:

‘I’ve received a number of messages in the last couple days about this bird, including some that say it may be revived. I don’t know how The Arrow would compare to today’s aircraft, but I had a first-hand lesson on how it faired against the F-102.

‘In 1959, I was stationed at Suffolk County AFB on Long Island with the 2nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron. We had an informal exchange program with a Canadian fighter squadron stationed near Montreal. From time to time, two or four aircraft from one of the squadrons would fly to the other’s base on a weekend cross country.

‘On one such exchange, I was #3 in a four ship formation led by [former Tuskegee airmanErnie Craigwell (I don’t recall who the other pilots were). As we entered Canadian airspace, cruising at about 40,000 ft., we spotted a contrail well above our altitude (probably at 50,000ft.) and closing very fast.  As the other aircraft appeared to be passing by, we could clearly see the delta shaped wing and knew it was the Avro Arrow that the Canadian pilots had told us about. Then, instead of just passing by, he rolled in on us! Ernie called for a break and we split into elements. When we talked about the encounter afterwards we all agreed that our first thought was, “This guy is in for a surprise; he doesn’t know that he’s taking on the F-102.”  Well, we were the ones in for a surprise. Even with two elements covering each other, not one of us could get on his tail. His power and maneuverability were awesome.  After he had played with us for a few minutes, like a cat with four mice, he zoomed back up to about 50K and went on his way. What an aircraft! What a shame that it never went into production.’

What is perhaps most curious about the Arrow’s demise is that “everything was ordered brutally destroyed; plans, tools, parts, and the completed planes themselves were to be cut up, destroyed, scrapped and everything made to disappear.”  Why? Well, security of course! Don’t engage in conspiracy theories …

The Canadian national anthem finishes with a pledge: “O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.” It should be noted that understandably resentful Loyalists fleeing the US following the American Revolution were a major contribution to the growth of Canada’s English-speaking population. American troops – back when we were the plucky underdog fighting the mighty British Empire – invaded Canada in 1775 and during the War of 1812 but were defeated. Relations got testy during the American Civil War as well, and even afterwards the US was wary of a proposed united “Kingdom of Canada,” hence the choice of the name “Dominion” in 1967. If today’s Canadians think we-all down here don’t know whom they’ve mostly had in mind to “stand on guard” against all this time, they’d better think again.

Maybe it’s past time for Canadians to get serious again about their independence – eh?

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