Harper quietly holds face-to-face talks with Chinese propaganda chief


mentalfloss
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Harper quietly holds face-to-face talks with Chinese propaganda chief

One of China’s most powerful figures slipped into Ottawa unannounced. Unless you were watching Chinese TV.

Li Changchun is ranked No. 5 in the Chinese hierarchy, one of the nine members of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, and the party’s propaganda chief. When he arrived in Ottawa Thursday, he met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The government of Canada had never announced the powerful official was coming.

However, Mr. Li’s visit was covered widely by Chinese television and print media like state news agency Xinhua. And then, after Mr. Li’s meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr. Harper’s PMO sent out a photograph of the two men chatting, just before 8:30 on Thursday night. It was the first time they’d told the press about Mr. Li’s visit.

On Friday, the PMO would not say what the two discussed and played down the face-to-face meeting as a “courtesy call.”

Chinese officials said Mr. Li’s visit was to discuss a variety of topics, notable cultural exchanges. Mr. Li issued a statement on Canada-Chinese relations. He also met Governor-General David Johnston and was to meet Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Friday night, as well as witnessing the signing of an agreement on “cultural co-operation” and the official opening Carleton University’s Confucius Institute. He is to travel to Kingston on Saturday.

Mr. Li has been on a tour. He’d just come from London, where he’d met British Prime Minister David Cameron to talk about relations. But he was also there to talk about the case of Bo Xilai, another ranking Communist Party official who has been suspended from his Politburo amid accusations his wife killed British businessman Neil Heywood. There have also been rumours Mr. Li is reassuring foreign leaders that the change in China’s leadership will go ahead smoothly this fall.

Mr. Harper’s government, however, barely mentioned the three-day visit of the powerful Communist Party official. How powerful? Forbes ranked Mr. Li No. 19 on a list of the world’s most powerful people. In their words, he “controls what 1.3 billion Chinese see, hear, speak.” As chairman of the party’s Central Guidance Commission for Building Spiritual Civilization, he is the de facto controller of media and information censorship.

Harper quietly holds face-to-face talks with Chinese propaganda chief - The Globe and Mail
 
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petros
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Was Strong there too?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Was Strong there too?

Probably.
 
Liberalman
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Harper quietly holds face-to-face talks with Chinese propaganda chief

One of China’s most powerful figures slipped into Ottawa unannounced. Unless you were watching Chinese TV.

Li Changchun is ranked No. 5 in the Chinese hierarchy, one of the nine members of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, and the party’s propaganda chief. When he arrived in Ottawa Thursday, he met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The government of Canada had never announced the powerful official was coming.

However, Mr. Li’s visit was covered widely by Chinese television and print media like state news agency Xinhua. And then, after Mr. Li’s meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr. Harper’s PMO sent out a photograph of the two men chatting, just before 8:30 on Thursday night. It was the first time they’d told the press about Mr. Li’s visit.

On Friday, the PMO would not say what the two discussed and played down the face-to-face meeting as a “courtesy call.”

Chinese officials said Mr. Li’s visit was to discuss a variety of topics, notable cultural exchanges. Mr. Li issued a statement on Canada-Chinese relations. He also met Governor-General David Johnston and was to meet Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Friday night, as well as witnessing the signing of an agreement on “cultural co-operation” and the official opening Carleton University’s Confucius Institute. He is to travel to Kingston on Saturday.

Mr. Li has been on a tour. He’d just come from London, where he’d met British Prime Minister David Cameron to talk about relations. But he was also there to talk about the case of Bo Xilai, another ranking Communist Party official who has been suspended from his Politburo amid accusations his wife killed British businessman Neil Heywood. There have also been rumours Mr. Li is reassuring foreign leaders that the change in China’s leadership will go ahead smoothly this fall.

Mr. Harper’s government, however, barely mentioned the three-day visit of the powerful Communist Party official. How powerful? Forbes ranked Mr. Li No. 19 on a list of the world’s most powerful people. In their words, he “controls what 1.3 billion Chinese see, hear, speak.” As chairman of the party’s Central Guidance Commission for Building Spiritual Civilization, he is the de facto controller of media and information censorship.

Harper quietly holds face-to-face talks with Chinese propaganda chief - The Globe and Mail

Harper must have brought his Conservative propaganda person from the PMO
 
Niflmir
Free Thinker
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So the "open and democratic" Canadian government won't say what the meeting was about and so Canadian citizens have to rely on the fact that the "tight-lipped and authoritarian" Chinese government said what the meeting was about to their news agencies? Kind of ironic.
 
Cliffy
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Cultural exchange? Perhaps sharing propaganda expertise. China is the best at it. Harper is perhaps seeking help in furthering his propaganda machine.

Quote: Originally Posted by Niflmir View Post

So the "open and democratic" Canadian government won't say what the meeting was about and so Canadian citizens have to rely on the fact that the "tight-lipped and authoritarian" Chinese government said what the meeting was about to their news agencies? Kind of ironic.

Ironic to some, but comes as no surprise to many.
 
CDNBear
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Let the rhetoric begin, lol.
 
Kreskin
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Yes, Harper is meeting to get tips on how to become an authoritarian regime. It all seems clear to me now.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear View Post

Let the rhetoric begin, lol.


Now would be a good time to buy shares in tin foil manufacturers/suppliers... Heaven knows that the next big hue and cry will be that Harper is trying to read the thoughts among the usual suspects
 
relic
Free Thinker
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Yeah,ol,harpo's real good at giving out details,unfortunately,they'er pretty much either wrong or plain old lies.Don't you goomers ever take your heads out ?
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear View Post

Let the rhetoric begin, lol.


.... Looks like it didn't take too long to get started
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

.... Looks like it didn't take too long to get started

And if there had been a liberal government who entertained the king of propaganda, you and your cohorts would be the ones making the accusations.
 
Mowich
Conservative
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Unannounced to who or whom? Obviously someone knew he was coming or the press wouldn't be writing about it.
 
taxslave
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by Kreskin View Post

Yes, Harper is meeting to get tips on how to become an authoritarian regime. It all seems clear to me now.

Maybe Harper just made a hard left turn.

Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

Unannounced to who or whom? Obviously someone knew he was coming or the press wouldn't be writing about it.

What that means is that all the usual suspects didn't have enough lead time to put on a demonstration or three.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

And if there had been a liberal government who entertained the king of propaganda, you and your cohorts would be the ones making the accusations.

But that didn't happen now, did it?

Looks like your foil hat isn't on tight enough Cliffy
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

But that didn't happen now, did it?

Looks like your foil hat isn't on tight enough Cliffy

Ah Yes! Horpo your lord and saviour. Dude can't do wrong cuz he's a con. Are you going to be a good captain and go down with the ship?
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

And if there had been a liberal government who entertained the king of propaganda, you and your cohorts would be the ones making the accusations.

If the Liberals met with one of the leaders of one of our leading trading partners?

Ummm, no, I wouldn't think anything of it.

Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Dude can't do wrong cuz he's a con.

Other than the LGR, and Action Plan Canada, he doesn't impress me.