A mere 14 per cent of Canadians, according to pollster Angus Reid, hold a favorable view of China.
Is it that high?
“The deterioration,” says the pollster in a press release, “comes as Beijing faces accusations from United States intelligence that it intentionally hid the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the early days of the pandemic.”
Given the impact the pandemic has had on Canada’s economy, it hardly comes as a surprise that China is not being viewed favorably.
In fact, it’s hard to believe that there are even 14 per cent of Canadians who have a favorable view of China.
Surprising, too, is that those 14 per cent evidently have loud enough voices to force Canadian singer Bryan Adams to apologize for calling out the wet markets of Wuhan.
What’s truly astounding though is that a mere 15 years ago, fully 58 per cent of respondents here had a favorable view of China.
That a majority of people would think highly of a country that routinely murders its citizens, suppresses freedoms taken for granted here and is notorious for the theft of intellectual property is an embarrassment.
It just goes to prove that until the barbarity of a regime hits home, people are quite willing to turn a blind eye to atrocities committed elsewhere, no matter how shocking or numerous.
Chinese officials, of course, are not about to take this loss of popularity sitting down. Too much is at stake for the Chinese Communist Party.
Chinese direct investment in Canada is close to $90 billion. Most of that is in Alberta and British Columbia. The state definitely wants to protect its holdings and takes threats to their security seriously.
More to the point, The CCP has already sprung into action and has mobilized its propaganda army to wage war with anyone that dares criticize China.
Chinese officials, for example, are pushing back against revelations that virus began in the province of Hubei, suggesting it may have even imported from the United States.
And when facing accusations that China misled the world about the contagious nature of the coronavirus, it counters with how its draconian lockdown actually bought the world time.
Chinese-Canadians who criticize the totalitarian regime also come under attack by CCP agents here, according a report by Amnesty International.
And woe betide anyone daring to criticize the infamous wet markets of Wuhan. As singer Bryan Adams found out recently the social media mob, amplified by the CCP trolls, will call you out as a racist for stating the obvious.
What China understands all too painfully now is that the world is far less inclined to believe its lies and in the wake of the pandemic which has practically destroyed our economies, there is a growing movement to decouple from the Chinese economy.
So in the days, weeks, months and years to come, be prepared for more and more propaganda from the CCP and its useful idiots in the West.
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