Rights dialogue in China blasted as futile – Geoffrey York
From Globe and Mail:
After nine years of futile discussions with Beijing over human rights, Canadian officials are increasingly dissatisfied and cynical about an annual dialogue that was intended to promote human rights in China, a new report says.
The dialogue was created as a cornerstone of Ottawa’s policy of engagement with China on human rights, but today there is “pervasive cynicism” and “dialogue fatigue” among most officials, the report says.
The assessment, commissioned by the Foreign Affairs Department and completed this spring, was conducted by Brock University political scientist Charles Burton, a former Canadian diplomat who participated in several of the annual discussions. [Full Text]