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Thread: A major warehouse facility in #SurreyBC, larger than #Vancouver's #Amazon complex, is being billed as a #BeltandRoad initiative in Beijing, #China. ...…
What follows is an exclusive interview with #Vancouver businessman Guo Taicheng, a VP of the China Federation of Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs, an association of the #UnitedFront of the Chinese Communist Party, the #CCP. Interview jointly conducted by
Guo and his Hong Kong based company Shing Kee purport to be building a "mother centre" import-export facility in Yanjiao, on the outskirts of Beijing. His association membership, tied to the CCP (he is not a CCP member), brings opportunity for business, he says.
The BCGovernment is a signatory to an MOU on the Belt and Road Initiative (2016). This is a rare accomplishment in the West; It is North America's only MOU on the BRI China has penned.
@christyclarkbc and @Teresa_Wat fashioned the agreement with senior CCP officials.
BRI has been rebuked by @SecPompeo and the #UnitedStates. It should now be clear the former BC Government, now with support from the #BCNDP, has tied its #PacificGateway strategy to China's BRI. Everything from LNG extraction, international students, cultural events etc. ties in
This #SurreyBC warehouse is said to be a $190 million project. As such it does not get reviewed by government. There is some concern that cumulative impact of foreign ownership of our supply chain (right here, on the ground in #Canada) will threaten our national security/interest
Following the #COVID19 pandemic, Xi announced intentions of a China-led “health silk road,” as part of the increasingly broad BRI mandate. This facility could be part of all that, with the importation of PPE.
Here, Conservative MP @GarnettGenuis likens the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank to Chinese government colonialism (to which Canada is signatory with little to no return). AIIB is a BRI project. BC has an MOU on the BRI.…
All foreign investment should be tracked, even at the local government level, said RWR analyst @ClaireJChu
“Being aware of the money flowing in and out of their territory — I think that’s really important,” said Chu.
@cburton001 describes a muzzling effect on Canadian citizens and companies. “The Chinese companies involved cannot be separated from other aspects of the Chinese regime in the sense they need permission from the regime to engage in trade and development projects...
But BC's Belt and Road MOU needn't be worth more than the paper it's signed on says @guysaintjacque1, who wants an overhaul and review of the Canada-China trade relationship. Burton is calling for foreign interference laws in Canada.
Local government politicians in #BCpoli have been wooed by Chinese Communist Party events, but have LONG refused to rebuke China's human rights record - deferring to federal officials in teh Liberal government, who haven't said much either. Circa 2018:…
Here's Conservative MP @AliceWongCanada welcoming "the first" Belt and Road trade centre to Canada. October 2018 in #SurreyBC. #China #Canada
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