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From Singapore to Sweden, China’s overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing


Russia’s efforts to influence elections in the United States and Europe were a wake-up call about the threat of foreign influence in domestic public opinion and politics, blatantly violating norms of non-interference. China is not guilty of Russia’s excesses, but Beijing’s information and influence campaign has affected countries from Singapore to Sweden, causing many to … Continue reading

Canada needs to plan ways to meet China’s military challenge


Forget for a moment Canada’s grave dispute with China over the extradition proceedings in Vancouver involving a Huawei executive. As the New York Times reminded readers last week, China has even gone after that most Canadian of bears, Winnie the Pooh. The orphaned bear cub from White River, Ont., a First World War vet of … Continue reading

‘No need’ for lengthy border exam of China’s Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou before her arrest in Canada says defence


The defence team for a Huawei executive whose arrest at Vancouver’s airport sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China says there was no good reason for border officials to detain her for almost three hours before her arrest. Scott Fenton, a defence lawyer for Meng Wanzhou, told B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday that border officials … Continue reading

Foreign citizens banned from leaving China so they can be used for political leverage


Two young Americans, Victor and Cynthia Liu, are “trapped” in China, increasingly desperate and despondent because Chinese authorities have blocked them from leaving for more than a year. “They are trapped. They are alone. They are desperate to come home,” David Pressman, the siblings’ New York-based attorney, told USA TODAY. “They are literally breaking down.” … Continue reading

China calls Justin Trudeau’s accusations of arbitrary detentions ‘purely unfounded’


China accused Canada of not abiding by international norms Friday in response to comments from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who accused Beijing of arbitrarily detaining two Canadians. Trudeau’s remarks are “purely unfounded countercharges that confound black and white,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou – Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s … Continue reading

Canada’s Justin Trudeau accuses China of using arbitrary detentions to achieve ‘political goals’


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says China uses arbitrary detentions as a tool to achieve its international and domestic political goals. He brands that as a pressure tactic that is worrying not only to Canada, but to its Western allies. Trudeau offered that assessment during a meeting today with the editorial board of the Toronto … Continue reading

Canada’s Justin Trudeau sharpens criticism of China in Huawei spat


Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has accused Beijing of using “pressure tactics” to try to secure the release of a senior Huawei executive being held in Canada. Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in China days after Meng Wanzhou was arrested at the request of US authorities. Mr Trudeau says that China is “using … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 15, 2019


China’s recent obsession with arresting Canadians is easier to understand and predict if it is seen as an attempt to alienate US allies from the US. Based on this, we can expect mistreatment of other US citizen allies in the future. They did something similar with an Australian back in January. By lashing out at … Continue reading

Canada is the second to suffer from China’s plastic waste import ban


“… ‘It was like an earthquake,’ Arnaud Brunet, director general of Brussels-based industry group The Bureau of International Recycling, said…” reported by AFP on Jan 21, 2018. It was a response to China’s official ban of plastic waste import with effect from the first day of 2018. “The EU exports half of its collected and … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 11, 2019


China doesn’t get the message, likely because China is too self-absorbed in its own culture. Detaining Canadians will provoke Canadians to support action against China to have the detained Canadians released—even supporting military action. When the US and China finally officiate their conflict, Canada may join the fray, all thanks to Beijing belligerence. The Western … Continue reading

‘Divide and conquer’: China puts the pressure on to isolate US from allies


As tensions between China and the US mount over trade and the extradition of a senior Huawei executive, Beijing has reserved its most colourful language for America’s allies. On Tuesday, China’s ministry of foreign affairs called on Canada to “stop pulling chestnuts out of the fire for the US” after the unsealing of a 13-count … Continue reading

China uses ‘death threat diplomacy’ against expats to force other countries to submit


The cases are piling up. Canadian Robert Schellenberg faces execution on drug charges after an unusually abrupt, accelerated and public retrial this week in a Chinese court. Two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are being held by China for espionage — not yet charged, deprived of sleep and interrogated daily for more than a month … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 24, 2018


China detains two Canadians with remark and in the wake of a single Huawei executive’s arrest. Given the surfacing connections the executive’s family had to Mao, China likely views the value of arrested people as equally balanced; the West merely views China as having committed three criminal acts. Huawei has gotten into more and more … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 17, 2018


While China would attempt to send the US out of its backyard by shocking the US with an invasion of Taiwan, that motive in itself would not be enough to push China to war. Beijing believes that controlling more territory is the solution to current problems with its own territory. In urban terms, it would … Continue reading

As the 5G race matters, arresting Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou is just a pawn move


The CNN provides a background report on the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei. A web link there brings you back to a Reuters report dated Jan 31, 2013: “London (Reuter) — A Hong Kong-based firm that attempted to sell embargoed HP computer equipment to Iran … has much closer ties to China’s … Continue reading

Clause 32 of the USMCA is another big victory over China for Trump


The ‘Clause 32’ in the latest USMCA (US-Mexico-Canada Agreement) masterminded by President Trump, according to Neil MacDonald (a Canadian analyst), specifies that “… if Canada wants a trade deal with China, it has to notify the Americans about any negotiations, and tell them the substance of those negotiations, and submit the text of any deal, … Continue reading

China must get better on human rights before Canada will sign a trade deal


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to establish closer relations with China but, citing human rights and governance concerns, won’t rush into a free trade agreement with the superpower. Trudeau, in an exclusive interview in Vancouver, struck a cautious tone when asked how he will proceed with one of his most delicate foreign policy challenges. … Continue reading

Canada’s Miss World entry claims China is trying to block her from final


Canada’s China-born Miss World entry has accused Chinese officials of harassing her father and trying to block her from taking part in the contest’s final, being held in the country, after she spoke out about human rights abuses. Anastasia Lin, an actor who was crowned Miss World Canada in May, said unlike other contestants she … Continue reading

Germany shames U.S. with its policies toward refugees, China, and Russia


Maher Zain, a 1981-born singer who was just eight when his Lebanese family was admitted by Sweden, is the latest showcase that Muslim immigrants can make contributions to world peace rather than causing troubles to their receiving countries. With millions of fans in Europe, England, Malaysia, Indonesia, Palestine, Pakistan and China, Zain’s anti-war songs [Note … Continue reading

China’s Confucius Institutes: A subversive attack on western academic freedom?


Xu Lin is an unusual kind of Chinese official. For starters she accepted a request for a BBC interview. Admittedly she came quickly to regret it, demanding that we delete a large section of our recording. But given that unelected Chinese officials do not need to court their own domestic media, let alone the international … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, August 4


Last weeks Prelude article received a stereotypical “seminar” comment sympathetic to media control. The Prelude considered this comment seriously, even after it was censored. Here is the comment, followed by the Prelude’s response: This article is a typical anti-China piece which misreports, omits and distorts. The Chinese Central Government supports democracy in HK and has … Continue reading

45,000 more rich Chinese waiting to move to Vancouver, Canada


Over 60pc seeking Canadian wealthy investor visa are from China and want to live in British Columbia’s main city, data shows A South China Morning Post investigation into Canada’s immigration programme for millionaire investors has revealed the extraordinary extent to which it has become devoted to a single outcome: Helping rich mainland Chinese settle in … Continue reading

Politics, cost of living push Hong Kong residents overseas


Prior to 1997, a flood of residents left Hong Kong’s shores, worried about what would happen when the former British colony returned to Chinese control. Now, more than 15 years after the handover, the number of people emigrating from the city has started to tick up again. In the first six months of this year, … Continue reading

China loses out as Canada joins US in halting oil pipeline construction


British Columbia, the Canadian province whose official slogan to its own beauty is “Super, Natural,” is invoking another saying: “No more supertankers.” That’s potentially big trouble in a nation where oil exports amount to $73 billion annually and the industry employs more than 550,000 workers. It’s also a bad omen for nations, notably China, that have invested billions … Continue reading

Door opens for China’s massive takeover of overseas assets


Seeing its $3 trillion foreign exchange reserve dropping in value due to falling US dollar exchange rate, China is anxiously looking for opportunities to take over profitable foreign assets. CNOOC’s takeover of Nexen is China’s first success in purchasing substantial foreign assets. Encouraged by the success, China will further intensify its efforts to buy foreign assets. … Continue reading

China’s oil thirst may wrench Canada’s rule of law – the global race for energy


With China‘s Sinopec support, Canadian Premier Minister Stephen Harper‘s conservative government chose a wrong turn to the right, saving itself from a nasty brush with justice. Approximately 70% of the world’s bitumen (aka “The Tar Sands”) deposits are located in Canada, mainly in the province of Alberta. Totals reserves there are about 176 billion barrels. … Continue reading

Exodus of China’s rich and skilled for better lives


More than 150,000 mainlanders obtained overseas citizenship last year, making China the world’s biggest source of immigrants, a report released this week says. Many were wealthy and highly educated and had left in search of a more democratic society, a cleaner environment and better education opportunities, said the International Migration Report (2012) jointly released on … Continue reading

U.S. Losing Canadian Oil Sands To China


Some U.S. politicians come down hard on the Obama Administration for what will no doubt be described as driving Canada’s energy sector into the arms of China: Cnooc Ltd. (883)’s $15.1 billion cash takeover bid for Nexen Inc. (NXY) signals a Canadian shift toward China and away from the U.S. as the nation’s traditional oil and natural-gas partner and … Continue reading

China’s Sino-Forest Feels Heat in Canada


Canada‘s largest securities regulator alleged Tuesday that Sino-Forest Corp. and certain former executives inflated timber purchases and sales, capping an 11-month investigation into the troubled forest-products company. The Ontario Securities Commission signalled last month it would file fraud allegations against the company, after issuing a so-called enforcement notice. A spokesman for Sino-Forest, which conducts most … Continue reading

Asia Extended: Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver


On the flight from San Francisco to Calgary, my American-Chinese seat neighbour was candid about the population density of Hong Kong and China. As we approached the runaway, the vast snow-covered open land prompted him to comment that we should import people from the two countries to lighten their weight. He was in Calgary on a … Continue reading

Russia, China on top copyright pirates list again


The United States on Monday again put Russia and China on its annual list of countries with the worst records of preventing the theft of copyrighted material and other intellectual property (IP), the U.S. Trade Representative’s officesaid. Argentina, Canada and India were also put on the “priority watch list,” along with Algeria, Chile, Indonesia, Israel, … Continue reading

China’s Hebei to invest $195 million in Canada iron ore miner


Hebei Iron & Steel Group Co, China’s largest steel producer, is investing about C$194 million ($195 million) for a stake in Canada iron ore developer Alderon Iron Ore Corp., as Chinese steel makers look for cheaper ore to cut their production costs. Hebei said it was the ideal time to invest in upstream assets as … Continue reading

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