Biden says he suggested to UK's Johnson a plan to rival China's Belt and Road. Chinese threat to Taiwan 'closer than most of us think,' top US admiral says. "My opinion is this problem is much closer to us than most think," Adm.
John Aquilino said before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which was reviewing his nomination to lead the US military's Indo-Pacific Command. China considers establishing full control over Taiwan to be its "number one priority," added Aquilino. The current head of the command, Adm. Philip Davidson, told a hearing earlier this month that China could be prepared to take Taiwan, the self-governed democratic island that Beijing claims as its sovereign territory, by force within the next six years. But Aquilino said Beijing is establishing a track record of using force to achieve Communist Party goals sooner than US planners forecast. "We've seen aggressive actions earlier than we anticipated, whether it be on the Indian border or whether it be in Hong Kong or whether it be against the Uyghurs. Canada hits Chinese officials with sanctions over ‘gross’ human rights violations in Xinjiang.
Canada is hitting four Chinese officials and one entity with sanctions in relation to what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “gross and systematic human rights violations” taking place in the Xinjiang region.
The sanctions, which Canada is applying in coordination with the United States and the United Kingdom, come amid multiple reports, studies and news articles detailing the horrific mistreatment and abuse China’s Uyghur population has been subjected to in the Xinjiang region. “Today, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States imposed sanctions in response to the repression of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang,” Trudeau said in a Monday press conference.
“These measures reflect our grave concern with the gross and systematic human rights abuses taking place in the region. Yahoo is now a part of Verizon Media. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media.
China says it has protected the legal rights of two Canadians due to be tried on national security charges starting Friday — allegations the Canadian government says Beijing fabricated following the arrest of Huawei telecom executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.
"Chinese judicial organs handle cases independently in accordance with the law and fully protect all the legal rights of persons involved," Chinese government spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing Thursday. His comments come a day after Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said the Canadian Embassy in Beijing has been notified that court hearings for the two men have been scheduled. Chinese government interference derailed Canadian vaccine partnership: researcher. OTTAWA — A Canadian vaccine researcher says he believes that Chinese political machinations ended a vaccine partnership last summer. © Provided by The Canadian Press Dr.
Scott Halperin, the director of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology, made the accusation Thursday to the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations. Feds ‘not aware’ of court date for 2 Michaels as Chinese paper warns they’ll face trial ‘soon’ Canadian officials are not aware of any new timeline for the trials of two Canadians detained in China, despite reports in China claiming Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig will soon be tried.
In an article published in the Global Times, an English-language paper that effectively functions as a mouthpiece for the Chinese government, a source “close to the matter” is cited saying that the two Canadians have “already been prosecuted.” “Another source close to the matter told the Global Times previously that due to the COVID-19 epidemic situation, the hearings for both cases have yet to commence, and the court will push forward the trial soon,” the article reads. 2:15 Chinese ambassador’s claims at odds with Trudeau Kovrig and Spavor have both been accused of espionage, a crime that is punishable in China by life in prison, with a minimum sentence of 10 years.
Story continues below advertisement “We are not aware of any set timeline for the trials. Trending Stories. As China cites ‘attack,’ no nations singled out in arbitrary detention declaration: Garneau. Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the newly announced declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes isn’t aimed at any particular country – despite China’s swift reaction to the document.
In an article published in the Global Times, an English-language paper that effectively functions as a mouthpiece for the Chinese government, Chinese experts were cited calling the declaration an “ill-considered attack designed to provoke China.” “As such, China will not be scared and make compromises, Canada’s chosen diplomatic approach has never worked before, and will not achieve any goal in the future, and this very act of Canada will just ‘rebound in the worst possible way,’ (experts) say,” the Global Times article said. 1:27 Canada creates coalition with 57 countries to declare arbitrary detentions immoral Story continues below advertisement “Let me tell you what this declaration is. Spy chief says China is bent on stealing Canadian secrets, silencing critics. OTTAWA — The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns that China is undermining Canada through its efforts to steal valuable technology and silence critics of Beijing's policies. © Provided by The Canadian Press In a speech Tuesday sponsored by the Centre for International Governance Innovation, CSIS director David Vigneault said all sectors of Canadian society must work together to fend off these threats.
Vigneault stressed that Canadians have benefited for decades from their relationship with Chinese researchers, scholars, artists, business people and others. "To be clear, the threat does not come from the Chinese people, but rather from the government of China that is pursuing a strategy for geopolitical advantage on all fronts — economic, technological, political and military," he said. Vigneault bluntly stated that Beijing is using "all elements of state power to carry out activities that are a direct threat to our national security and sovereignty. " China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes. BEIJING — China has authorized its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures on features it claims, potentially raising the possibility of clashes with regional maritime rivals. © Provided by The Canadian Press The Coast Guard Law passed on Friday empowers the force to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.”
Canada has 'significant' concerns about China: Defence Minister. OTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is taking aim at what he describes as China’s unpredictability, refusal to play by the rules and expanding footprint around the world, saying those are among the “significant” concerns Canada and its allies have with Beijing. © Provided by The Canadian Press The comments come amid growing alarm over China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy, which has led Canadian military commanders and others to increasingly focus on what is being described as the next great power competition.
The last great power competition saw Canada and its NATO allies face off against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Sajjan declined in an interview with The Canadian Press to describe China as an adversary even as he emphasized the importance of talk and diplomacy in dealing with the Chinese government. China used 'microwave' pulse weapon to force Indian soldiers off Himalayan hilltops: report. According to the Times, a professor at a Beijing university said that on Aug. 29, some months after the initial fighting began, China used microwave weaponry to win a strategic area.
The professor, Jin Canrong, who is based at Renmin University in Beijing, said two contested hilltops were deliberately turned “into a microwave oven.” The international relations expert claimed the operation wasn’t made public at the time, for two reasons. The acid test: Western diplomats ponder the problem of dealing with a more aggressive China. It was an ominous beginning to an ominous conversation about how western democracies should face the growing authoritarian reflexes of China on the world stage. One of the marquee panels at the Halifax International Security Forum, held virtually this year, began on Friday with a grainy, grey video of an elephant being chased and eventually overpowered by a pride of lions.
It was a stark visual metaphor for Beijing's relative isolation as a world power — the fact that China is a powerful nation with few allies, while western democracies are overwhelming when they act in concert. There was, however, a palpable sense of dismay among some of the panellists when the conversation turned to whether the international community is a pride of lions or a collection of kittens. If we don't believe what we stand for is better, if we don't believe in the rule of law, democracy, freedom, why should anyone else listen to us? - Former U.K. defence secretary Liam Fox. Canada granted consular access to Canadian facing death penalty in China. Canada’s ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, has been granted consular access to a Canadian detained in China for the first time since late January.
In an update released Wednesday afternoon, Global Affairs Canada said Barton was granted virtual access to Robert Schellenberg. The statement said the agency continues to offer consular services to Schellenberg and his family. However, Global Affairs Canada said under provisions of the Privacy Act, no further information would be disclosed.
Tory critic dismisses Chinese pandemic 'excuse' barring access to two Michaels. OTTAWA — China can no longer credibly use the "excuse" of COVID-19 to continue keeping Canadian diplomats from visiting Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the Conservative foreign affairs critic says. COMMENTARY: When China gets up to no good, Canada must do more than wag a finger. A whack of documents supplied to some international media over the weekend has provided evidence of China’s attempts to identify westerners — including nearly 4,000 Canadians — who could be attacked through coercive social media or other types of cyber warfare. This shocking revelation, which first appeared in Canada in the Globe and Mail, is a dark complement to research that an Australian think tank published recently about what China is up to in the remote South Pacific.
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) provides details of a significant play that China is making to co-opt Kiribati, which is made up of three archipelagos scattered across a swath of sea that is half as wide as Australia. The gambit in Oceania’s backwaters and the activities of a data company with ties to China’s military and intelligence establishments underscores the staggering breadth of Beijing’s global ambitions. Trudeau dodges questions on meetings with alleged illegal casino operator.
Diane Francis: China's waging a global tech war, but our political leaders seem unaware. The Quad and the European Union are concerned that Huawei’s infrastructure will be used to spy on, and exert control over, Western governments, businesses and societies — especially given that it is being implemented alongside China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative, which is designed to control essential physical infrastructure, and governance, in strategically important countries. Untitled. Untitled. From the South China Sea to the Himalayan Sino-Indian border, and even in one of its own cities, China has doubled down on its claims of territory, and taken a harder line in response to perceived challenges.
And as those disputes escalated this year with renewed and rising tensions, Xi has bulked up the military and increased its budget, with the instruction to "resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests. " Untitled. Canada and the West are at war with Russia whether they want it or not: military experts. Russian aggression is the greatest challenge facing Canada and Western democracies right now as the Kremlin tries to dismantle the rules-based international order that’s existed since the end of the Second World War, military experts are warning. And as a result, some say Canada and its allies should consider themselves already at war with Russia.
“This is not an interwar period. The war is on,” said Frederick Kagan, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and an expert on critical threats. “The principal challenge is our own failure to recognize we are involved in a great-scale conflict with Russia.” Kagan and others spoke on a Wednesday panel discussion organized by the CDA Institute for its annual Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence. Untitled. The crew of a U.S. Untitled. Taken together, the repeated incursions, which came from multiple directions and involved a combination of sophisticated fighter jets and heavy bombers, is without modern precedent and marks a significant escalation in cross-strait tensions. "What we are seeing now is not just a situation across the Taiwan Strait, but a regional situation.
Untitled. Untitled. OTTAWA — Canada is telling China that it strongly opposes the death penalty after a second Canadian was sentenced to death on drug charges by a Chinese court this week, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday. Load Error Ye Jianhui was sentenced Friday by the Foshan Municipal Intermediate Court in the southern province of Guangdong after being found guilty of manufacturing and transporting illegal drugs. Untitled. But the legislation’s Article 38 says the rules also apply to infractions that occur anywhere outside Hong Kong, committed by foreign citizens. Untitled. China up to something? Beijing’s new Pakistan compound may indicate navy plans – expert. @lunaefay @BernardKerik @DEn8tive77 CCP never stops its scheme to take down America since day 1. Their scheme just escalaes as time goes by. Infographic below shows their Unresteicted Warfare Against US which includes information war online & offline,
China will 'lash out at Canada' and the two Michaels will 'bear brunt of anger,' experts predict. China threatens 'countermeasures' against UK over Hong Kong crisis. (1) After Meng Wanzhou case ruling, Michael Kovrig’s boss urges China not to harm detainees. China warns of ‘continuous harm’ to relations with Canada unless Meng Wanzhou is released. China warns of ‘continuous harm’ to relations with Canada unless Meng Wanzhou is released. COVID-19 disinformation being spread by Russia, China, say experts.
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Increased foreign threat to COVID-19 research prompts extraordinary warning from Canada's spy agencies. Trudeau says world has questions ‘particularly’ for China on COVID-19 origin. Kenney slams China's handling of COVID-19, urges North American 'onshoring' COMMENTARY: With Trump rebuffed, Canada should join other western leaders standing up to China.
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