National Newswatch

Lithuania says Beijing’s arrest of two Michaels was ‘wake-up call’ for democracies

Jul 28 2021 — Steven Chase — A senior foreign ministry official in Lithuania, which has drawn China’s ire in recent months for strengthening ties with Taiwan and helping Hong Kong dissidents, says Beijing’s arrest of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor was a “wake-up call” for democratic countries in their dealings with the Chinese Communist Party. Mantas Adomenas is vice-minister of foreign […]

Halifax security forum organizers to stage January conference in Taiwan, just weeks before controversial Beijing Olympics

Jul 21 2021 — Steven Chase — The organizers of the annual Halifax defence and security forum that drew the ire of Beijing for lauding Taiwan’s President are staging a similar gathering in Taipei in January – just weeks before the controversial 2022 Winter Olympics in China. It’s being billed as a show of support for the self-governing democracy of Taiwan, which […]

Trudeau defends extension of Canada-U.S. border closure until July 21, 2021

Jun 19 2021 — Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his government’s decision to extend restrictions against non-essential travel to the United States for another month, saying Canada has not yet reached a safety threshold of first- and second-dose vaccinations. The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel until July 21, the government announced on Friday, a renewal […]

Canadian businessman cuts record $60M forfeiture deal with New Zealand police over ‘profits from pyramid scheme’

Jun 16 2021 — Steven Chase — Wealthy Chinese-Canadian businessman Edward Gong has agreed to forfeit more than $60-million to the New Zealand government, in a record settlement under a law that enables that country’s authorities to confiscate proceeds of crime, the New Zealand Police announced Wednesday. The 51-year-old Toronto businessman is perhaps best known to Canadians as one of the faces […]

Ottawa warned to not assume Hong Kongers are innocent of charges

Jun 15 2021 — Steven Chase — Canadian immigration officials warned the federal government in an internal memo last year against assuming protest-related charges faced by Hong Kongers seeking entry to Canada are bogus accusations fabricated by the city’s Beijing-backed authorities. This internal caution, which was provided to The Globe and Mail, is different from the Canadian government’s public messaging on the […]

Dominic Barton in ‘regular contact’ with Huawei to find a way to free two Michaels, Garneau says

Jun 8 2021 — Steven Chase — Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to China, remains in “regular contact” with tech giant Huawei Technologies as he talks to Beijing and Washington to find a way to free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor from Chinese jails, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau told MPs Monday. Mr. Garneau, in an appearance before the House of Commons Special […]