Loic Tassé sur le renversement de la politique étrangère canadienne vis-à-vis de la Chine

L’excellent Loïc Tassé, spécialiste de la Chine, est de retour sur les ondes de l’émission de Benoit Dutrizac. Il nous dresse ici le résumé de la balance commerciale entre la Chine et le Canada. Il en profite également pour dénoncer les rationalisations de caniveau qui sont régulièrement évoquées par nos dirigeants pour ne pas demander grand chose en échange de nos ressources naturelles à tous investisseurs confondus, Chinois compris, comme par exemple dans le cas du Plan Nord si cher à Jean Charest. Contrairement à eux, les Québécois et Canadiens sont vraiment de mauvais négociateurs. On ne sait tout simplement pas négocier et surtout avec les Chinois car on ne connaît ni leur culture ni leur situation. Le sinologue fait remarquer par exemple que d’ici quelques années, la Chine va manquer de 36 des 40 plus importants métaux. C’est justement quelque chose que l’on pourrait utiliser lors des négocations, vous ne pensez pas?

Loïc Tassé fait ici une excellente analyse que je ne remets pas en question. Cependant, il y a quelque chose qui me tracasse et ceux qui suivent ce blog savent que j’essaie toujours d’aller un peu plus loin. Un autre spécialiste de la Chine que j’aime beaucoup, Gordon Chang, annonce un effondrement de la Chine qui serait imminent, dès 2012, alors que Tassé affirme plutôt que la Chine maintiendra son développement et qu’elle deviendra la première puissance mondiale vers 2025-2030. Ces deux visions sont évidemment inconciliables. Lequel de ces deux spécialistes a raison? Tassé ou Chang? Il faudrait que Dutrizac fasse une autre entrevue pour clarifier tout cela. En plus de l’entrevue avec Loïc Tassé sur les ondes du 98,5 FM, je vous offre un clip vidéo de Gordon Chang interviewé par Charles Adler du réseau SunNews, ainsi qu’un article sur le sujet qu’il a publié dans le magazine Foreign Policy.

Benoit Dutrizac interview Loïc Tassé

Gordon Chang: A coming Chinese collapse

The coming collapse of China: 2012

Coco Chanel a Nazi spy: More fascism into fashion

In a French article recently, I presented you a video in which you could hear and see Françoise Dior, heir of the Christian Dior haute-couture company, brag about her love for National-Socialism and for Hitler. That took place a few weeks before her marriage with Colin Jordan in 1963. This week, thanks to a reportage by the National Post, we learned that Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy during WWII, according to new book by Hal Vaughan, Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War. The links between fashion industry and fascism are all over the place. One has to be naive or blind not to see them.

Chanel No. F-7124

The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region Summit: A region of terrific opportunities…for all kinds of folks

On June 13th 2011, the National Post published the first in a five-part series on the future of the Great Lakes region in advance of a North American summit on the subject. The Mowat Centre and Brookings Institution will hold the « Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region Summit » on June 21st-22nd in Windsor and in Detroit. Many speakers will be heard from all over the areas concerned, i.e. two provinces, Quebec and Ontario, and 8 American states. The point of holding this conference is that there is a growing awareness in the business and political communities that regions are becoming more and more important around the world because of geographical « clustering » of populations, capital, talent, education centers, private research centers, culture centers, etc, that go beyond official borders. Since a couple of years, new industries have come to replace traditional heavy industry in the region of the Great Lakes, which is a sign that it can only grow up again after a certain period of decrease in the last decades. Canadians and Americans share the area of the Great Lakes and St-Lawrence as a land mass to live on, to prosper, to do business, and basically to be happy and enjoy freedom and democracy. The authors of the article, Matthew Mendelsohn and John Austin, recall that in 2050, 1/3 of the world’s population will live with a short supply of water, which makes the Great Lakes and St-Lawrence region a little treasure to be cherished for the future of our children, and even for us. Skipping down in the article, they mention that apparently, we have « an inability to imagine our shared future » on both sides of the border. It is probably true.

I knew it was coming. In George Orwell’s 1984, whole continents are considered regions and the world is united in a totalitarian fascist-socialist regime. After the marriage of a bunch of european countries to form the European Union, now we can already see certain movements beginning the same process in North America. The summit that will be held this week is a good idea but I think it is the symptom of something else. A political event drew my attention recently. In three U.S. states that are concerned with the Great Lakes issue, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, moves have been made to attack the middle class and the unions, among other things. For example, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has made some questionable manoeuvres in the last weeks concerning the future of his state. The next paragraph is an extract of an earlier post, on the seastedding movement:

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