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Global Affairs says ambassador visited Kovig and Spavor in Chinese detention

Canada’s ambassador to China has visited two Canadians detained in China for nearly two years, according to a news release from Global Affairs Canada. The release says Ambassador Dominic Barton was granted on-site virtual access to former diplomat Michael Kovig »


Trudeau and Biden speak after Canadian leaders send weekend congratulations

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he spoke today with U.S. president-elect Joe Biden and that the two discussed shared priorities, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. Trudeau made the announcement on Twitter. I just spoke with @JoeBiden, and congratulated »

International, Politics

China slams Canada over Trudeau’s ‘coercive diplomacy’ remarks

Chinese officials said on Wednesday they have lodged “stern representations” with Canada following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments criticizing China over its arbitrary detention of two Canadians and Beijing’s policies in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. During a news conference on »

Politics, Society

Ontario shelves plan to fly Chinese flag at legislature ceremony

Bowing to pressure, skepticism and criticism, the Ontario government has backed off on a controversial flag-raising ceremony honouring China at the province’s legislature that was to take place shortly after noon today. The legislature was set to commemorate China’s National »

International, Politics

Activists say Ottawa must do more to pressure China over Hong Kong rights

As Canada and China continue to spar politically–a dispute that has seen two Canadians held in detention for over 600 days and four others sentenced to death in less than two years–activists told a House of Commons committee on Tuesday »

International, Society

Second Canadian in two days sentenced to death in China

Another Canadian was sentenced to death in China on Friday–the second such sentence in two days and fourth in less than two years–and Ottawa says it is “profoundly concerned” about what’s going on. “We oppose the death penalty at every »

International, Society

A third Canadian is sentenced to death in China

China has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death on charges of manufacturing the drug ketamine–a so-called “recreational” drug because of its hallucinogenic, tranquilizing and dissociative effects. The Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate Court announced Xu Weihong’s penalty on Thursday and said an »

International, Politics

Canadian detainees mark 603 days in Chinese custody

The release of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor arbitrarily detained by China on trumped up charges for more than 600 days remains “a top priority” for the federal government, says a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. “Canada »

International, Politics, Society

Majority of Canadians support Trudeau’s refusal to swap Meng for Two Michaels

The majority of Canadians support Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s refusal to consider exchanging a top Huawei executive held in Canada under house arrest for two Canadians jailed in China in apparent retaliation for her arrest, according to a new poll. »

International, Politics

Do not appease China with ‘prisoner exchange,’ experts warn Trudeau

A group of Canadian security experts is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resist growing pressure for a Cold War-style swap of a top Huawei executive held under house arrest in Canada in exchange for two Canadians jailed in China »