Chinese diplomat Lu Shaye, the bane of Canadian media, appointed ambassador to France

first_img Receive email alerts June 17, 2019 Chinese diplomat Lu Shaye, the bane of Canadian media, appointed ambassador to France News Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the upcoming arrival of Lu Shaye, 54, to the Chinese Embassy in France, replacing current ambassador Zhai Jun. The diplomat, a fluent French speaker who has served as China’s ambassador to Canada since 2017, has earned a reputation as a pest to journalists by systematically accusing them of “disseminating a negative portrait” of China as soon as their articles displeased him. Shaye’s undiplomatic style will sharply contrast with the relative discretion of his predecessor.”A diplomat should not try to intimidate the media in the country in which he is posted, much less give them instructions,” insists Cedric Alviani, the head of the RSF East Asia bureau. “The very fact that Lu Shaye is still an ambassador despite his brash words is indicative of the aggressive and uninhibited attitude with which Beijing tries to impose its propaganda outside its borders.”Immediately after being posted to Ottawa in 2017, Lu Shaye did not hesitate to attack the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying it had better “spend less time bowing down to Canadian journalists preoccupied with human rights and get on with negotiating an important free trade agreement with China.” More recently, Shaye accused Canadian media of “Western egotism and white supremacy” and disparaged their work on the ground that they are in a lesser position to judge China’s development compared to the Chinese people. He also regularly complained of the “biased” and “slanderous” character of their articles denouncing the persecution of Uyghurs.Lu Shaye is not the first Chinese official to attack foreign media. The Chinese ambassador to Sweden, Gui Congyou, also recently embarked on a crusade against journalists. In June 2016, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on an official visit to Canada, also publicly disparaged a journalist for asking an “irresponsible” question about human rights in China.China is one of the world’s largest prisons for journalists, with at least 111 of them behind bars in life-threatening conditions. In the 2019 World Press Freedom Index published by RSF, the country ranks 177th out of 180. After two years of office in Canada, Lu Shaye will soon be appointed to be China’s ambassador to France. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) insists that a diplomat should not try to intimidate the media of the country where he is posted. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific ChinaFranceCanadaAsia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression June 7, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom ChinaFranceCanadaAsia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Empathy is where you’ll find the answers

first_imgFor as long as I can remember, I have believed that credit unions serve my financial well-being, not their own, and that the big banks serve a bottom line. Given the wake of 2008, a throng of financial flubs, firings, and fake accounts, why oh why do so many consumers choose banks over credit unions? I needed answers, and not from steadfast credit-unioners, banking articles, or marketing surveys. So, on a sunny Saturday morning in Portland, OR, I stood near the entrance of a megabank and I asked a handful of people, “Why?” My first victim was a man in his late twenties named Alex. I confidently (more-so bluntly) asked him, “Why use a bank, Alex, when not one credit union took bailout money after 2008 and yet every major bank did?” Alex answered just as bluntly:Honestly, credit unions suck compared to banks. I’ve only ever used a bank. Credit unions only serve poor people, so their employees are ghetto. I don’t have fees at my bank. They’re also everywhere and online and wherever I look. Credit unions are not. I also feel like credit unions are always trying to get you to put your money there because you will make more money with them. Who cares if you aren’t getting any interest on your money? Honestly, this is one of the dumbest reasons to pick a credit union over a bank. If I get 2% on $1K, that’s only $20 after a year, and that means nothing to me. Some scintillating and fair, although ultimately misguided arguments, I felt. Is Alex telling us that aligning our product and service offerings with his needs and wants would make the difference? Rewards, fees, and convenience (technological or otherwise) seemed to pepper our conversation.  A few minutes later, I met Anthony. Anthony is a 40-something, tower of a man who wanted nothing more than to take me under his wing and explain why a bank indeed:Convenience. Convenience is key for people in today’s America. When there’s a Bank of America or Wells Fargo on every street corner that is significant to me because people want what they already know. They don’t like change and they are lazy. It’s also not easy to switch. Everyone has heard of Bank of America but who’s heard of Wauna Credit Union? When I think about the safety of my money, size and name definitely make a difference. I’ve gone back and forth with credit unions and banks for a long time but will always go to the one that works best for me. My mortgage is with a credit union but my checking account and credit card are with Bank of America. Anthony too made some fair points. If I knew little to nothing about credit unions and needed somewhere to stash my cash, I would choose the financial institution that provided me what I needed, when I needed it. But perception of convenience would also be a major selling point. In the world of Amazon, I don’t blink an eye if I’m ordering similar services through four, or five separate vendors. To Anthony, it doesn’t matter if he has to go through multiple providers, either. The goal is crossing something off his to-do list. Nowhere did I get the impression that Anthony considers this ideal, but hey, if it works, it works. A 52-year-old mother of three, named Dawn was the final participant in this grand experiment of mine. Dawn was apprehensive of me at first. Though after a few minutes of niceties, I noticed the light bulb above her head. She called me on the endgame logic, reddening my cheeks in the process:Oh, I see. You’re a credit union fan and you’re having some sort of ‘what does it all mean’ thing going on. Ok, well I guess my thinking is that I have been with my credit union in California forever. I am happy with them. No fees, higher savings account rates, and they look out for me. But when I moved here, it just became harder and harder to stay loyal. It’s more than just the CO-OP network. I know that BofA is everywhere and I needed convenience. I had to open my account with them because I ultimately had no other choice.Dawn, while also misinformed, reminded me of a very sobering fact: banks pour billions of dollars into marketing and advertising every year, well beyond what credit unions can do. I won’t say I have ever been surprised when someone admits they don’t know the difference between a bank and a credit union. Big banks are better recognized, their size perceived as strength, and often they offer the same perks and products as most any credit union.After talking with people, however, it occurred to me that while most financial institutions seem to have a decent understanding of the transactional relationship with their customers or members, they often don’t go further than that. Remember, we serve people, and every person has a preference for how they conduct their lives. At the end of the day, my feet aching and my mind whirling, I decided that it is not new technology or even the credit union difference that will win the war for people’s loyalty; rather, a genuine understanding of the individuals we serve. Our difference is lost on the masses. To continue to play that angle is assuredly valuable. But perhaps the difference has been lost on us, as well. Empathy, my friends, is where you’ll find the answers. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Murdoch Michael Murdoch is the Communications Specialist at Wauna Credit Union in Clatskanie, Oregon. He serves on the board of the Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington as … Web: waunafcu.org Detailslast_img read more