National Newswatch

Canada can no longer ignore foreign interference from China

Aug 18 2020 — — The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the foreign-interference tactics of Russia and China. Since the beginning, both actively promoted disinformation and conspiracies about COVID-19’s origin and engaged in “mask diplomacy” to boost a favourable international profile. There are allegations of Russian and Chinese hackers targeting organizations developing a COVID-19 vaccine. While Russia has […]

Sanctioning Chinese officials under the Magnitsky Act

Jul 28 2020 — — Chairman, members of the Committee, thank you for giving me this opportunity to address you today on the shocking persecution of the Uyghur minority in China. I come to this from a slightly different angle than other people on the panel and other people who’ve testified. Some of you may know me. For many years, […]

Canada Must Reject Calls to Release Meng Wanzhou: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

Jun 26 2020 — — Dear Prime Minister, Canadian authorities lawfully detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in late December 2018, following an extradition request from the United States on charges of alleged fraud. In response China, among other aggressive actions, arbitrarily detained and has now charged Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on completely spurious national security grounds. Since these […]

Canada should forget about Keystone XL and look beyond the U.S.

Jun 13 2020 — — The Keystone XL pipeline – a project that’s been subject to political and legal wrangling for a decade – is looking increasingly like a walking zombie. Despite winning approvals from the Trump administration and investment from TC Energy in March, new hurdles keep emerging, including a Mar. 14 decision by a Montana court to halt […]

Experts say Chinese government COVID-19 cover-up is a Chernobyl Moment

Apr 14 2020 — — More than one hundred China experts and senior political figures have signed an open letter describing the Chinese Communist Party government’s cover up of COVID-19 as “China’s Chernobyl moment.” The group of signatories, who include some of the world’s leading authorities on Chinese politics, law, and modern history, say that the Chinese government’s rule by […]

The Communist Party’s rule by fear endangers Chinese citizens—and the world

Apr 14 2020 — — An open letter to Chinese citizens and friends of China at home and abroad 给国内外中国公民和中国友人的公开信 The current global crisis has been caused by the regime so many of you have been tolerating or supporting for decades. 当前的全球危机是许多人数十年来一直容忍或支持的政权引起的。 On 2 April 2020 a group of one hundred Chinese establishment scholars wrote an open letter decrying the […]

Continuing to do nothing will not deter China

Feb 25 2020 — — Good morning. It is such an honour for me to be invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations. I have read all the evidence from the Committee’s meetings numbers 3, 4 and 5 that were sent to me by your Clerk of the Committee. All of this evidence […]

Mapping a strategy for dealing with China

Jan 6 2020 — — With the new Cabinet in place, the most important foreign affairs issue facing the federal government is the management of our relations with China. China’s detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and the execution court rulings for Robert Schellenberg and Fan Wei on drug charges, in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng […]

How Canada can start to fix its money laundering problem

Dec 19 2019 — — Money laundering is finally being acknowledged as a serious and growing problem in Canada. And policy-makers are also beginning to understand that this is not victimless crime. Financial crime drives gun violence, property prices, the opioid crisis, institutional corruption, and more. So how does Canada fare when it comes to combatting financial crime? And what […]

Do Not Forget the Lessons of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Nov 16 2019 — — My thanks to Bob Rae for the introduction. Minister Freeland, thank you for your unflinching defence of human rights and democracy worldwide. And thanks to my friend Marcus Kolga, and everyone who organized this important event. I’m honored to be here today. And it’s always a pleasure to be in Canada, the uncompromising leader of […]

Countering China’s Economic Coercion: New MLI Report by Duanjie Chen

Sep 12 2019 — — China recently moved to ban Canadian canola, soybeans, and other agriproducts. These efforts at economic coercion are closely tied to the ongoing tensions between the two countries, which began when Canadian authorities arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in December 2018, following a US extradition request. Simply put, China is attempting to pressure Canada economically into […]

Creativity and risk-taking necessary to ensure Taiwan’s participation at UN institutions

Sep 12 2019 — — As recent history has demonstrated, there are no easy solutions to securing Taiwan’s participation at specialized UN agencies in the face of Chinese obstructionism. For a few years, and under a government in Taipei that agreed to echo Beijing’s language on “one China,” Taiwan was “permitted” to send observers under the moniker “Chinese Taipei.” All […]

What Canada can and should do about the crisis in Hong Kong?

Aug 16 2019 — — In recent weeks, the daily flow of young protesters getting tear gassed, truncheoned, fired at and assailed by anti-riot police and violent triad members on Hong Kong’s streets, in its MTR stations and at its shopping malls has grabbed headlines worldwide, sparking a crisis for the Chinese leadership unlike any it has faced since the […]

Time for a new direction in Canada’s China Strategy

Aug 16 2019 — — The federal election is a little over two months away, and its outcome remains highly uncertain. Irrespective of whichever political party wins, the new government faces the challenging work of remaking Canada-China relations, which has reached an all-time low following China’s hostage diplomacy and use of economic coercion in response to the arrest by Canadian […]