China-Canada relations

China-Canada relations

Artlices documenting the changing relations between Canada and China, from trade deals to the Meng Wanzhou saga and its fallout.

Canada wants no US-China trade deal until detained citizens released
In what could complicate efforts to end a trade war between the world’s two largest economies, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the US should not strike a final deal with China until two Canadians detained in the country are released. “We’ve said that the United States should not sign a final and complete agreement with China that does not settle the question of Meng Wanzhou and the two Canadians,” Trudeau said in an interview with TVA, a French-language Canadian TV network, according to the Associated Press. The Canadians, the former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, have been detained in China for more than a year, officially on national security groun
Hongkongers are moving to Canada due to politics
After the election of President Donald Trump, some Americans mulled moving to Canada. In Hong Kong, a city that has political issues of a different nature, people are actually doing it. According to Canadian census data, more Hongkongers are emigrating to Canada, instead of the other way around, for the first time in two decades. Canada’s Hong Kong-born population has increased by at least 8,000 for the first time since 1996. That’s just a year before Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule. Ahead of the 1997 handover, Hongkongers moved overseas in waves, fearful of possible instability at home. One of the most popular destinations was Canada, with which it shares similar British colonial roots.
Chinese pressure on Canada hasn’t changed US extradition plans
The United States has informed the Canadian government that it plans to proceed with a formal request to extradite a Chinese tech executive, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported on Tuesday. The US is seeking Huawei’s chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou on allegations of banking fraud related to violations of US sanctions against Iran. As a result of her arrest in Vancouver in December at the request of the US, China appears to have been tightening the screws on Canada, which has been caught in the middle of a dispute between the two countries. Since Meng’s arrest, Beijing has detained two Canadians and imposed a death penalty on a third Canadian convicted of drug-smuggling charges. The
Canada warns citizens after China sentences Canadian to death
Canada is warning its citizens in China of Beijing’s “arbitrary enforcement” of laws after a Canadian citizen was sentenced to death for drug trafficking.  The Canadian government updated its travel advisory for China to suggest “a high degree of caution” after Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was handed a death penalty on Monday for smuggling methamphetamine in China.  Exercise a high degree of caution in #China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws. https://t.co/dbkFgqB3z3 — travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) January 14, 2019 The harsh punishment is the latest escalation in tensions between China and Canada, and follows a string of detentions of Canadian citizens in China after B
Canada Goose delays China opening
Luxury down jacket maker Canada Goose has postponed the opening of its first store in China. The company told the South China Morning Post that the Beijing shop, originally set to open Saturday, is still under construction. But this explanation flies in the face of what everyone is thinking.  The delay comes after Canada’s arrest of a Chinese executive has escalated into a fully-fledged diplomatic crisis that has prompted strong protests from China. Beijing has threatened Ottawa with “grave consequences” if the executive, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, is not freed. And the Chinese authorities have been accused of political retaliation by arresting two Canadians in China, Mich