“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”
“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.”
To read the rest of this timely article… head on over to http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/harper-quietly-holds-face-to-face-talks-with-chinese-propaganda-chief/article2409475/
If this doesn’t make your brows furrow, I’m not sure what will.
Why were mainstrean Canadian media outlets the last to know ?
More to come next week on foreign influence on Canadian politicians… as well as a feature on corruption in one of B.C.’s largest sectors.
“In making tactical dispositions, the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them.”
– Sun Tzu
Thanks to Boots2 for these photos of the event, from Chinese media: