Welcoming message for Hong Kong refugees adds to China’s tensions with US, Canada
The potential acceptance of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists as political refugees led to a war of words between Beijing and governments in countries including the United States and Canada.  A number of developed countries have pledged to open their doors to Hongkongers, but the Chinese government has attacked them for what it describes as foreign interference in its domestic affairs.  Some of those who took part in the anti-government protests in Hong Kong have fled the city or are trying to leave over fears that they could face prosecution.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week responded to a veiled threat made by a Chinese diplomat after US National Security Advisor Robert O’
How Hong Kong Canadians became people with two homes
Cherie Wong was utterly consumed by the protest movement that swept Hong Kong last summer. “I didn’t sleep properly for days, for weeks, really,” she said. She watched the protests obsessively, then became an activist herself. Wong, 24, tried to discuss her beliefs with older family members who included former members of the Hong Kong Police Force. “It ended up in conflict, it was awkward,” she said. But her activities were cheered by her grandmother, in her mid-80s, who was “incredibly pro-protester. We’d just go into a private chat to talk about it.” But Wong, a freelance writer and policy researcher, was not in Hong Kong. She was more than 7,450 miles away in Ottawa, Canada, watching even
Homicide in Canada cast new doubts on the Chinese group ‘Create Abundance’
All seems quiet now at the home surrounded by a three-meter hedge in an expensive neighborhood of South Surrey in Vancouver. But on June 17, the $2.2 million mansion was a hive of activity. Police cruisers were parked in the driveway alongside two Maseratis. Yellow caution tape blocked the entrances as officers came and went. At 5.30 am that day, 41-year-old Chinese immigrant Bo Fan had been dropped off outside the nearby Peace Arch Hospital. She was gravely injured – police have not described exactly how – and she died a few hours later. The investigation into the mysterious murder of Bo Fan has cast a spotlight on a Chinese-origin spiritual group called Create Abundance – also known as Gol
Huawei executive one step closer to extradition to US
A Canadian judge has rejected a bid by Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to have her US extradition case thrown out. The decision brought the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecoms champion one step closer to facing fraud charges in America, in a case that has strained China’s relations with Canada and the United States. China responded by accusing Canada of acting as an “accomplice” to the US in a “grave political incident.” The US Justice Department has accused Meng of defrauding HSBC bank by deceiving an executive in Hong Kong about Huawei’s alleged business dealings in Iran, a breach of American sanctions. US prosecutors want Meng extradited from Canada to face trial in New York. J
Suspect in bus attack on Asian women wearing face masks ‘dies of overdose’
Police in Vancouver say the man suspected of targeting Asian women wearing face masks in a racist incident on a bus has died of an apparent drug overdose. The death was announced on Wednesday, a day after Metro Vancouver Transit Police had asked the public for help in identifying the suspect in the April 15 incident. “The suspect was a 48-year-old man from Vancouver with no fixed address who was well known to police,” Constable Mike Yake said. “We learned that the suspect had passed away from an apparent drug overdose approximately one week after this incident.” Yake thanked the media and the public for their help in identifying the man believed to have been involved in what he called a “di
92-year-old Asian man attacked in Canada by man shouting Covid-19 slurs
Vancouver police are hunting for the suspect in a "despicable" racist attack on a 92-year-old Asian man with dementia, who was thrown to the ground as his attacker shouted slurs about Covid-19. Police said on Wednesday that the March 13 attack was part of a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes in the western Canadian city linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying the assailant. The victim had just been reported missing by his family when he wandered into a convenience store and encountered his attacker. "Everything about this assault and the behavior of the suspect is despicable," said Constable Tania Visintin, a media relations officer.  "As
Flatten the curve, then what? On-off social distancing, study says
University of Toronto epidemiologist Dr Ashleigh Tuite says “everything” about Covid-19 worries her. But one of her biggest fears is how Canadians are going to cope when they realize that physical distancing and other coronavirus infection controls will likely be part of their lives for much, much longer than they might expect. How long? Such measures, repeatedly switched on and off, could be part of Canadian life until 2022, or until a vaccine is in extensive use.  This assessment was made in a study by Tuite and her colleagues published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on April 9. A strategy highlighted by the peer-reviewed research, which is based on mathematical modeling, wou
Canada court punishes a WeChat user for spreading false information
A court ruling in Canada could put a stop on the freewheeling political posts in the country on WeChat, a WhatsApp-like super app popular among Chinese communities.  A Toronto construction worker, Wu Jian, was sued for defamation and ordered by the court to pay more than $38,000 after he posted a series of comments directed at a local community leader, Simon Zhong Xinsheng, in a WeChat political discussion group.  Justice Penny J. Jones of the Ontario Court of Justice said Wu’s comments on Zhong were malicious falsehoods. “The evidence before the court is that none of the defamatory statements made about Mr Zhong in the WeChat posts are true,” Jones wrote in her judgment.  WeChat has been a
Canadian university must thread needle between the US and Huawei
At the University of British Colombia, western Canada’s most prestigious university, some academics fear that connections to Huawei could put them in peril, even as the company continues to spend millions on research there. Since the arrest of Meng Wanzhou in December 2018, 18 new projects have been earmarked for Huawei funding at UBC, costing the company $2 million, according to a spreadsheet provided by the university. However, UBC engineering professor Lukas Chrostowski said he knew of at least three department colleagues who have refused to take part in Huawei-financed projects because they worry they will be swept up in US action against the firm. His own work in photonics – the use of
Man gets manslaughter in Vancouver after chopping victim into 108 pieces
A man who killed a Chinese millionaire before chopping him into 108 pieces has been found not guilty of the businessman’s murder, after a judge ruled that the intent to kill had not been proved. British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Terence Schultes instead found Zhao Li, 59, guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, as well as interfering with human remains. Outside the court on Tuesday, Zhao’s lawyer Ian Donaldson praised the ruling and said his client was a “completely normal” man, whose actions on May 2, 2015, were considered “unthinkable” by those who knew him. Zhao, an experienced hunter, did not dispute having shot dead Yuan Gang, 42, with a rifle in the driveway of his Vancouver