National Newswatch

Huawei sending millions of masks to Canada as supplies grow short

Apr 6 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is quietly flying millions of masks to Canada, as health authorities and hospitals struggle to acquire adequate safety equipment for medical workers dealing with the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The company, which has provoked controversy with gifts to other countries, has already delivered to Canada more than a million masks, 30,000 goggles […]

Canadians Kovrig, Spavor get first lawyer access in year-long Chinese detention

Feb 27 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Chinese authorities have allowed two detained Canadians to speak with lawyers, a procedural step that provides them another point of contact outside their detention cells. For 12 months, Chinese authorities denied Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor access to legal representation, after they were both detained in China following the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou […]

Trudeau’s call for U.S. to negotiate release of Canadians ‘doomed to fail,’ China says

Dec 20 2019 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “doomed to fail,” if he hopes to secure the release of two arrested Canadians before Washington and Beijing complete a trade deal, China warned Friday. Linking a deal to ease escalating tariffs between the world’s two largest economies with other issues is “totally in vain,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang […]

‘The not knowing. The waiting’: What life is like for two Canadians detained in China for the past year

Dec 9 2019 — Nathan VanderKlippe — The walls are high and painted a dark shade of grey. Towering over them, Chinese characters in bright red command those inside to “listen to the Party’s orders.” Locked inside with hundreds of others is Michael Spavor, one of two Canadians seized by Chinese authorities after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver […]

‘A warning’: China’s central television takes direct aim at Canadian foreign minister

Aug 21 2019 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Chinese authorities are taking aim at Canada’s foreign minister, singling out Chrystia Freeland by name in an unusually personal rebuke to her comments about Hong Kong. On Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang rebuked the Canadian government, saying it ”has made irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs repeatedly and grossly interfered in China’s internal […]

China unlikely to resume Canadian meat imports until political issues resolved, industry expert says

Jun 26 2019 — Nathan VanderKlippe — While Canada’s meat sector has pinned its hopes on a quick end to a suspension of Chinese imports, an industry expert warned that resolving the problem may depend on improving strained ties between the two countries, even as China’s foreign ministry renewed demands for the release of an arrested Huawei executive. The Chinese government on […]

Two Canadians detained in China are prevented from seeing the sun or going outside, official says

Apr 10 2019 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Two Canadian men detained in China are being held in isolation, barred from going outside or seeing the sun. Wednesday marked four months of detention for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who are being held in a government system that gives Chinese authorities up to six months to conduct interrogations outside the formal legal system. […]

Ambassador McCallum raises eyebrows in Canada, but finds welcome audience in China

Jan 24 2019 — Nathan VanderKlippe — For weeks, China has condemned Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou as part of a politically-motivated plot to undermine a corporate flag-bearer for Chinese innovation and overseas success. Now, people in China have found support for that position in an unexpected place: Canada’s own ambassador to China, John McCallum, who in a conversation with […]

Third Canadian detained in China is being held for working illegally, Beijing says, as arrests strike note of fear

Dec 20 2018 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Sarah McIver is being held in China for working illegally, Beijing said Thursday as the detention of yet another Canadian struck a note of fear around the world. Ms. McIver, an Albertan teaching English in China, is under “administrative punishment,” the foreign ministry said. She is the third Canadian being held after the arrest in […]

China’s military scientists target Canadian universities

Oct 30 2018 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Canadian academics have collaborated on dozens of projects with Chinese military researchers – some of whom appear to have obscured their defence ties – raising concerns that Canada is inadvertently helping China modernize its armed forces. The academic exchanges, jointly advancing technologies such as secure communications, satellite-image processing and drones, include the enrollment of Chinese […]

Beijing warns of ‘people’s war’ against U.S.: Chinese consumers now global superpower

Mar 23 2018 — Nathan VanderKlippe — As China plots its response to a White House determined to extract blood on trade, Beijing’s leadership knows it cannot match U.S. military or economic might. But Chinese decision makers also know they now oversee the the world’s dominant marketplace. China’s retail sales are the highest on earth, worth US$7.5-trillion last year, 14-per-cent larger than […]