Tommy Shanks


Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Husband, Father, Dentist and Pearl Jam Fan.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

A Helpful China and a Confident Canada

The Globe and Mail reports on the 44 North Koreans seeking refuge in the Canadian embassy in Beijing since October:

The 44 North Koreans who were holed up at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing have been released and taken to a safe third country, Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.
This sounds great on the surface but the story continues:

Officials declined to say who made the transfer or what safe third country was involved, citing privacy reasons. But Theberge said they are confident the asylum-seekers long-term safety is ensured. Officials said Chinese authorities were helpful in ensuring the transfer.
I don't know about you but I don't find the confidence of Mr. Theberge to be that reassuring. The Canadian foreign affairs department hasn't exactly been throwing its weight around over the last few years. At least the Chinese can be trusted to make sure those 44 asylum seekers are well taken care of. After all, they have been so kind to their own political dissidents as of late.


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