Canadians Favor Hard-Line Stance Against China, Want Canada to Engage in Human Rights Issues: Poll

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A new survey shows Canadians want their government to take a tougher stance against China. Negative views spiked as Canadian national values for rule of law, human rights, and democracy have deteriorated in the communist regime over the past decade. The findings is part of a study on Canadian view on Asia, shown in the 2020 national opinion polling (pdf) released on Nov. 25 by Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), a Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization. Canadians believe the human rights conditions in China have worsened drastically in recent years. In 2010, 47 percent of Canadians agreed with the statement that “the human rights situation in China today is better than it was 10 years ago.” That number has dropped starkly to 20 percent in 2020. Notably, Canadians want to see their government secure the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the “two Michaels,” from China, whether with a …

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