Former lawmaker and barrister Martin Lee arrives at West Kowloon court ahead of a sentencing hearing on April 16 in Hong Kong. Seven prominent democratic figures, including Lee, Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai, and Margaret Ng, were convicted of unauthorized assembly.

The silence is deafening from a Canadian government paralyzed and unwilling to say anything that might offend China, whether it’s the genocide of Uyghur people or a new Hong Kong law that could bar people, including foreigners, from leaving the territory.

Of course, there are the “Two Michaels” — Canadians Kovrig and Spavor, arbitrarily detained in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou — who have been in jail for 872 days. It is horrific for them and their families.

By all appearances, China is winning this hostage-diplomacy war.

Come Aug. 1, the more than 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong will no longer be assured that they will be able to leave, especially …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – World


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