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Canada warns travelers of risk of ‘arbitrary detention’ in China’s Xinjiang

The federal government is warning Canadians with “familial or ethnic ties” to China’s Xinjiang region that they “may be at risk of arbitrary detention” when travelling there. The warning comes in an update to travel advice for Canadians visiting China »

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Canada joins international sanctions on China over treatment of Uighurs

Canada has joined the U.S, the EU, and Britain by imposing sanctions on four Chinese officials and one entity in response “to the repression of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. “These measures »

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Trial of Michael Kovrig concludes with verdict to come later

The trial of Michael Kovrig, one of the two Canadians held in China for more than two years on espionage charges, concluded in a closed Beijing courtroom on Monday with the verdict expected at an unspecified later date. Kovrig, a »


Trudeau slams China’s ‘coercive diplomacy’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday slammed what he called China’s “coercive diplomacy” and decried the “lack of transparency” surrounding the trials for detained Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. Spavor’s closed-door trial in the northeastern city of Dandong lasted »

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Most Canadians sour on China

More than three-quarters of Canadians say relations between China and Canada cannot improve until Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are released, according to a new survey. The two men were detained by China in December 2018 in what is »

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China lashes out at Canada over Uighur genocide vote

The Chinese government lashed out at Canada today, accusing Ottawa of deliberately smearing China and seriously violating international law, after the House of Commons voted to declare that Beijing is committing genocide against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in the »

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Canada’s Parliament adopts motion declaring genocide against Uighurs in China

Canada’s Parliament voted on Monday to formally label China’s human rights abuses against the Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities in the western Xinjiang region as genocide. All opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) as well as most Liberal MPs voted »

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Canada launches coalition against arbitrary detention

Canada has created a coalition of 58 countries plus the EU to denounce the arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes. In announcing a new Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations, Canada’s Global Affairs Minister Marc Garneau refused »

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Security head warns of threats to Canada from China and others

Singling out China, Canada’s spy chief said the greatest threat to national security comes from hostile activities by foreign states. In a speech to a non-partisan think tank, David Vigneault, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said technology »

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China allows consular access to one of Two Michaels, but not the other

Chinese officials have allowed Canadian diplomats in Beijing on-site virtual consular access to detained Canadian Michael Kovrig but COVID-19 travel restrictions have prevented Canadian officials from visiting the second Canadian detainee, Michael Spavor, according to a news release from Global »