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A Canadian mountie waits outside the Senate before the Throne Speech in Ottawa.

REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

Mountie charged in China probe

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police busted one of their own last week, arresting former officer William Majcher in Vancouver, where he was charged with violating the Security of Information Act — Canada’s official secrets law — by allegedly working for the Chinese government.

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Activists take part in a protest against China's treatment of the ethnic Uyghur people in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Nike Canada, Dynasty Gold face ethics probe

Canada's corporate ethics watchdog is looking into whether the local affiliate of US sportswear giant Nike and Dynasty Gold, a Canadian mining firm, benefited from using ethnic Uighur forced labor in China.

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Flags of China and Canada are displayed next to the logo of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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Canada mulls AIIB withdrawal

While Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s been busy trying to stabilize US-China relations, Canada has temporarily frozen its relationship with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, citing possible infiltration from the Chinese Communist Party. The allegations, which China denied, came from the bank’s former global head of communications, Bob Pickard.

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David Johnston, Canada's special rapporteur on foreign interference, holds a press conference in Ottawa.

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Chinese interference inquiry goes from no to maybe so

The foreign interference saga continues in Canada. Last week, former Governor General David Johnston, who helmed an investigation into alleged Chinese election meddling and recommended against a public inquiry despite opposition calls for one, resigned as special rapporteur amid torqued claims that he was too close to PM Justin Trudeau. Days earlier, the House of Commons passed a motion asking him to resign.

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Printed Chinese and Canada flags.


Reckoning over Chinese meddling

At a marathon parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, David Johnston, Canada’s embattled special rapporteur on foreign interference, pushed back against claims that he failed to recommend a public inquiry into Chinese interference in domestic politics in order to cover for the Trudeau government.

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MP Michael Chong speaks during a news conference to announce he is running for the leadership of the Conservative Party in Ottawa, Canada.

REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canada and China’s choreographed tit for tat

Ottawa’s relationship with Beijing already resembled a broken vase, but on Tuesday, more pieces shattered when China expelled Canadian diplomat Jennifer Lynn Lalonde from Shanghai. The move came in response to Canada’s expulsion on Monday of Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei for his alleged role in threatening Conservative MP Michael Chong and his family.

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