It's us- Canada, your favourite trading partner and, soon, your number one source of oil.
We were bumming around the Interwebs looking for CBC porn when we stumbled on this:
China may use the upcoming visit by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to try convincing him that it deserves a more prominent role in the Arctic.
Next year Canada begins a two-year term as chair of the Arctic Council, which comprises the eight nations that ring the North Pole.
Even though it has no Arctic territories, China wants a place at that table.
Zhang Junsai, the Chinese ambassador to Canada, told a Montreal audience on Wednesday that his country should be allowed to be there.
"Of course, China wishes to be an observer," he said.
The Arctic region may contain as much as one-quarter of the Earth's untapped oil and gas, reserves that will become more accessible as temperatures rise and polar ice caps melt.
Meanwhile, China covets additional energy and resources to power its fast-growing economy and is already investing heavily in Canada's oilsands. That theme of energy exports is expected to play a central role in Harper's upcoming trip.
In his speech Wednesday to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, Junsai focused on bilateral relations between Canada and China, and on Harper's visit. Junsai said he believed the trip would have a very positive impact on relations.
When asked afterwards by an audience member about Chinese views on the Arctic, the ambassador noted that a number of countries were involved in the region.
"We hope that (they) solve their differences by peaceful means," Junsai added. "My understanding, not of my government, is we should have a joint scientific research in this area because a lot of things are unknown...
"We hope that the countries related should support China's request.''
Imagine our surprise when we read it.
No, really. Try to imagine our surprise.
Let's try to sort this out.
Here is a map of the world.
|Who's that handsome country closest to the North Pole?|
Here is a map of Canada.
And here is a map of you guys.
If there is anything we've noticed it's that you are nowhere near the Arctic.
So imagine our surprise when we read that you - in your words- "...should be allowed to be there..."
No, seriously. Try to imagine.
We can appreciate that you want oil and gas, even going so far as Sudan to get it, but if you think that simply because you want something that means you deserve it, think again.
No, really. Think again.
You have what some people call an undeserved sense of entitlement. Whether it's a product of communism, "the Little Emperor Syndrome", greed or a combination of all three, it just rubs some the wrong way. You might be able to play that game with your lap dog, North Korea, and try to appropriate South Korea's territory, history and achievements bit by bit, but we take our resources and our Arctic claims very seriously. Hell, even Denmark has a better claim than you and they are certainly not douches about it.
|Come for the untapped gas reserves. Stay for the cheese.|
All we're saying is be realistic.
And don't be utter dinks.
|No pandas were killed in the making of this flag. Or female infants.|