National Newswatch

Chinese diplomat cranks up rhetoric with insults against ‘boy’ Justin Trudeau

Mar 29 2021 — Nathan VanderKlippe — A Chinese diplomat called Justin Trudeau “boy” in a sneering attack on the Canadian prime minister that comes as Beijing sees fresh signs of success in its ongoing shift to confrontational diplomacy — particularly against countries it sees as weaker. “Boy, your greatest achievement is to have ruined the friendly relations between China and Canada, […]

Kovrig and Spavor to face trial in China ‘soon,’ says editor of Communist Party-run newspaper

Mar 11 2021 — Nathan VanderKlippe — The editor of a Communist Party-run newspaper says that two Canadians arrested in China are likely to be in court shortly, a step that stands to further complicate efforts to advocate for their release. China’s judicial authorities will launch a first trial “soon” for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, Global Times editor Hu Xijin wrote […]

Canadian measures against Xinjiang forced labour a ‘farce,’ China says

Jan 14 2021 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Canada and Britain are acting out a “farce” in taking action against forced labour in China, a government spokesman in Beijing said Wednesday, accusing foreign countries of spreading lies. Evidence of forced labour in China’s western Xinjiang region comes from numerous sources, including Muslims who have been compelled to work in factories, state media reports […]

Canada better fits the definition of a state committing genocide than Xinjiang region, China says

Nov 16 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — The Chinese government says Canada better fits the definition of a state committing genocide than the Xinjiang region, pointing to population growth rates – some inaccurate – that it says demonstrate it has not mistreated its Uyghur population. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also scoffed at the “ignorance” of Bob Rae, the Canadian ambassador […]

Beijing used influence over B.C. schools to push its agenda and keep tabs on Canadian politics, documents show

Oct 15 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — The Confucius Institute, a controversial Chinese-backed educational organization, has taken a direct role in supporting Mandarin classes in some British Columbia schools while also asking local officials to report back on political developments, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail. For years, School District No. 43 in Coquitlam, B.C., has dismissed critics of […]

Kovrig, Spavor mark a ‘sobering’ milestone in detention

Jul 31 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Less than two weeks after Chinese authorities formally charged two Canadians with espionage, Ambassador Dominic Barton travelled nearly 700 kilometres from Beijing, hoping to end a half year of being barred from seeing Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. The unusual Canada Day trip brought Mr. Barton to Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province. Mr. Spavor […]

Chinese government threatens Canada, warning citizens to exercise caution when travelling to the country

Jul 6 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — The Chinese government has once again threatened to punish Canada, in a new round of verbal attacks from a foreign ministry with a lengthening list of targets among western countries critical of Beijing’s policies. China on Monday lashed out at measures taken by Canada last week in response to a new national security law imposed […]

Days before B.C. court decision on Huawei’s Meng, China threatens ‘damage’ to relations with Canada

May 26 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — The Chinese government has issued a new warning to Canada about further “damage” to relations between the two countries – days before a British Columbia judge releases a decision on an extradition hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Canada must “release Ms. Meng and ensure her safe return to China at an early date to […]

National Research Council strikes deal with China to develop COVID-19 vaccine in Canada

May 12 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Canadian researchers are joining the effort to develop a Chinese vaccine against the deadly coronavirus, with plans to begin human trials in Canada of a potential defence against COVID-19 that employs genetic technology from the National Research Council. The trials will bring to Canadian soil Ad5-nCoV, a vaccine candidate under joint development by a Chinese […]

Immigrant couple who ‘sought a better life’ in Canada now jailed in China for defecting with state secrets

May 11 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Chinese authorities have sentenced to prison a couple who immigrated to Canada nearly two decades ago, accusing them of defecting with military secrets. It is the latest case to entangle Canada in a geopolitical battle between the United States and China. Peter Wang and Ruqin Zhao are Chinese-born engineers who worked in the Toronto area, […]