Canada dodged a bullet on China trip

When I was a graduate student, my class travelled to Shanghai to participate in an academic program. Before we arrived in China, we were briefed about the different norms and rules to follow while studying at a Chinese university.

The first rule was not to ask questions about controversial topics, topics that would make our hosts feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. We were specifically told to avoid the “three T’s”: Taiwan, Tibet and Tiananmen Square.

When we arrived, we learned that real list of taboo topics was even longer.

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  • As long as Trudeau is a puppet, no one has dodged anything.

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  • bob e

    Too bad you didn’t find tankman..

  • Watchman

    “Taking a tip from the authoritarian Chinese regime, Trudeau said that journalists could only attend the briefing if they gave their “solemn word” not to report on any of what he said.” WTF?

    This stupid rule makes about as much sense as if you are telling your doctor the symptoms of your medical condition as long as your doctor doesn’t actually act on the information you provide to them.

    News to Turdeau: Journalists’ basic business is to disseminate information they discover and truth they uncover. If you don’t want this information out in the public, don’t tell the journalists. That is all. You can go back and sit on the children’s table, Justin.

    • Lightstream

      So much for his promise of transparency. He’s not only an idiot…he’s a stinking liar.

    • andycanuck

      BTW, the journalists aren’t identifying who attended the closed-door meeting or self-identifying if they attended.

      • Watchman

        Was this done to make them accomplices, and to silence them?

        Imagine giving your word to your best friend for absolute silence on a secret you are about to be told, and them unexpectedly and horrifyingly telling you that they’ve been cheating on their partner for years. Do you keep your word?

        Every journalist at that meeting now runs the fear of being blacklisted by the Trudeau government should they breathe a word of what was said at that meeting or anything to do with what was said at that meeting.