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The Canadian House of Commons passed two major parliamentary resolutions with an overwhelming number of votes on the evening of the 22nd. The Canadian Parliament determined that the Chinese government’s policy of oppressive ethnic minorities in Xinjiang was an atrocity of “genocide.” The picture shows the People’s Liberation Army in Xinjiang in 2013.Photo/Associated Press

【2021. 2. 23 Canada/China

Congress attacks, the prime minister retreats: Canada’s House of Commons recognizes “genocide in Xinjiang, China”

“The Jews of yesterday are todayUyghur. On the evening of the 22nd, the Canadian House of Commons passed two major parliamentary resolutions by an overwhelming number of votes-(1) The Canadian Parliament determined that the Chinese government’s policy of oppressive ethnic minorities in Xinjiang was an atrocity of “genocide”; (2) ) If China does not improve Xinjiang’s tyranny, Canada should face up to the request of the International Olympic Committee to “cancel China’s right to host the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics”—the Canadian resolution, although it is the second decision in the world after the US State Department’s statement that “China It is a national unit that is genocide of Uyghurs; but while it may encounter fierce retaliation from China, the resolutions of the Canadian Parliament this time cannot effectively restrain the Canadian government’s diplomatic strategy. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has a particularly negative attitude towards this. Justin Trudeau), together with cabinet members, voted in absentia. “After all, in the hands of the Chinese government, two Canadian hostages who were unjustly jailed have been imprisoned.”

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The content of the vote in the Canadian House of Commons on the 22nd is the opposition motion “Religious minorities in China” jointly proposed by the opposition parties-the content is mainly for the past two years, a series of Uyghur survivors, Human rights agencies, authoritative international investigative media… and other accusations accuse the Chinese government of “structural persecution” against Uyghurs… and many other ethnic minority Muslims in Xinjiang.

On February 21st, protesters outside the parliament in Ottawa called on the government to recognize China’s genocide of Uyghurs. Figure / Reuters...
On February 21st, protesters outside the parliament in Ottawa called on the government to recognize China’s genocide of Uyghurs.Photo/Reuters

The content of the proposal is mainly divided into two, the main clause proposed by the largest party “Canadian Conservative Party”: “Determine China’s ethnic persecution in Xinjiang as “Genocide”; followed by the Quebec independence faction. The additional provision proposed by the “Queiren political group”: “If China does not improve the human rights situation in Xinjiang, Canada should boycott or request the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cancel the “2022 Beijing Winter Olympics” hosted by China.”

Both proposals were voted on by opposition parties led by the Conservative Party. Some members of the ruling Canadian Liberal Party also voted in favor. Therefore, the “Boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics” was passed with 229 votes in favor: 29 votes against; the “China is genocide case” was passed with 260 votes in favor: 0 votes against.

“China is in a genocide case”, it passed with 260 votes in favor: 0 votes against. The picture shows Uighurs in Turkey protesting China’s persecution of Xinjiang.Photo/Associated Press

“Congress calls on the Trudeau government to comply with its commitment to the 1948 Genocide Convention, and immediately join hands with our allies to stop and respond to this still-occurring genocide — including expanding the prohibition on Xinjiang’s coercion. Labor commodity trade, and activated the Magnitsky sanction mechanism to severely punish the unjust people who led the genocide.”

The Conservative Canadian MP who pushed the condemnation and his father is from Hong Kong, Michael Chong (Michael Chong), after the vote was passed, also increased pressure immediately. However, its attitude of taking advantage of the victory also reflects the risky gambling and policy limitations of the Canadian Parliament-because the two Chinese condemnation bills proposed by the opposition alliance are not only procedurally “non-binding resolutions”; Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and cabinet officials even more frankly and passively expressed their opposition, and they were unwilling to confront the Chinese government on the “Uyghur issue.”

In fact, in the congressional questioning last week, Prime Minister Trudeau was unwilling to support the opposition party’s “resolution to condemn China.” Trudeau believes that although the Canadian government is “very concerned” about the human rights issue in Xinjiang, the “crime of genocide” in international politics must meet a clear legal definition. “Instead of directly labelling genocide, the Chinese government needs more Only with the on-site evidence and truth investigation can we correctly judge whether this is considered a genocide.”

Trudeau’s statement actually reserves a considerable degree of ambiguous space. He does not deny that “China persecutes Uyghurs”, but he is also unwilling to take a stand on the “genocide” accusation-therefore, in the Congress vote on the 22nd Except for the Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau who deliberately attended “indicating the government to abstain from voting”, Prime Minister Trudeau himself and all members of the cabinet were all “intentionally absent” from the voting agenda on the 22nd.

Prime Minister Trudeau himself and all members of the cabinet were all
Prime Minister Trudeau himself and all members of the cabinet were all “intentionally absent” from the voting agenda on the 22nd.Photo/Reuters

The pro-Trudao government’s media public opinion believes that the “Chinese Genocide Case” proposed by the opposition parties is just an unnecessary policy risk in diplomatic practice—because in terms of strategic reality, now, now, the international Between society and European and American allies, there is no specific and feasible alliance consensus on “rescuing Uyghurs.” In a state where its diplomatic influence is insufficient to take the lead, Canada’s “exceptional attitude” will only become a target for China to slaughter chickens and curse monkeys, but will have a chilling effect on other allies.

Related opinions also specifically mentioned the “Canadian hostage in the Meng Wanzhou case”-two Canadian citizens who were forcibly taken by China to endanger national security and were arrested and imprisoned by China in 2019, former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig (Michael Kovrig) , With the businessman Michael Spavor, who specializes in North Korea’s tourism and business intermediaries-and alleged that the Trudeau government was fighting and negotiating with China for a long time in response to the Meng Wanzhou case and rescue two Canadians “It’s no wonder that Trudeau is unwilling to accept the hot potato of “Xinjiang genocide”.”

Although the Trudau government’s passive avoidance can find 10,000 reasonable reasons; however, in the criticism and questioning of the political arena, “Trudau’s human rights standards floating speculation” has also become an embarrassing weakness for the fierce criticism of the opposition parties. ——For example, Canada’s most authoritative media newspaper, The Globe and Mail, directly questioned the Trudau government’s diplomatic weakness with editorials:

“Trudao once said that Canada had committed genocide… why is he afraid to make the same accusation against China now?”

The theory of Canadian genocide referred to by The Globe and Mail refers to the “Investigation Report on the Situation of Canadian Indigenous Peoples” published by the Trudeau government in 2019, which points out the structural nature of the Canadian government, law enforcement agencies, and Aboriginal policies. Negligence and discrimination made Aboriginal women more vulnerable to oppression and life threats from various violent crimes, various injustices and discriminatory treatments, and it made Trulla publicly apologize at the time, saying that these past mistakes are equivalent to Canadian original “Genocide” of the resident community.

Although the Trudeau government’s passive avoidance can find 10,000 reasonable reasons; however, in the criticism and questioning of the political arena,
Although the Trudau government’s passive avoidance can find 10,000 reasonable reasons; however, in the criticism and questioning of the political arena, “Trudau’s human rights standards floating speculation” has also become an embarrassing weakness for the fierce criticism of the opposition parties. . The picture shows Urumqi, Xinjiang in 2013.Photo/Associated Press

However, Trudeau’s “Canadian genocide of indigenous peoples” has also aroused many public doubts and backlashes, including whether the Prime Minister’s words are excessive incitement? For this reason, when Trudeau refused to condemn China on the grounds that “the determination of “genocide” requires precise legal determination”, the different opinions from the two parties on the left and the right also began to question Trudeau: ” So what is the standard for the determination of genocide advocated by the prime minister?”

“When the Nazis exterminated the Jews, the international community was unwilling to believe in these horrible truths…until the concentration camps were liberated and exposed, the world did not realize that they had made a big mistake. But those thousands of Jews who were wiped out have long been Can’t wait for any rescue support from the outside.” After the Canadian House of Commons passed a vote, the Conservative Party also held an international press conference with Uyghur survivors in exile in Canada, including the surviving teacher Masimov who escaped from China. (Kayum Masimov).

“Times have changed, and now China is sending Uyghurs into concentration camps-yesterday’s Jewish tragedy is happening again in Uyghurs today!”

But in the face of the “genocide condemnation” of Canada and the United States, the Chinese government’s position is quite tough. In addition to the constant warnings of the Chinese envoy to Canada that “the consequences of retaliation by Canada for framing China,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi once again denied on the 22nd that “the so-called inhumane acts in Xinjiang are all falsehoods framed by foreign conspiracies.” The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made it more public. Welcome to the UN Human Rights Commission to send people to Xinjiang to take a look.

“There has never been any “genocide” in Xinjiang… These sensational claims are rooted in ignorance and prejudice and are purely malicious political hype!”

 Photo/Associated Press
Photo/Associated Press

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