Japan upset about China’s use of anal coronavirus tests on visitors – National

No anal swabs, please. Japan says its people don’t want to bend over for one of China‘s potentially humiliating COVID-19 tests, which involves sticking a cotton swab into the patient’s rectum to check for the coronavirus. The Japanese government on Monday called for China to stop using the invasive new testing method on visitors […]

47 pro-democracy activists detained in Hong Kong on subversion charges – National

Hong Kong police on Sunday detained 47 pro-democracy activists on charges of conspiracy to commit subversion under the city’s national security law, in the largest mass charge against the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s opposition camp since the law came into effect last June. The former lawmakers and democracy advocates had been previously arrested in a […]

‘Human beings are not bartering chips’: Biden calls for China to release 2 Michaels – National

U.S. President Joe Biden said Canada and America will work together to secure the safe release of two Canadians — Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig — detained in China. Biden’s remarks came after a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday afternoon. “Human beings are not bartering chips,” Biden told reporters. “We’re going […]

Trudeau, Biden likely to talk Buy American, China in 1st bilateral meeting today – National

The White House isn’t leaving much wiggle room for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to escape Joe Biden’s Buy American rules. The two leaders are set to meet virtually later today in Biden’s first bilateral meeting since taking over as U.S. president. Trudeau is likely to ask Biden for help in procuring COVID-19 vaccines, since […]

Conservatives urge Liberals to support vote calling China’s treatment of Uighurs genocide – National

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted February 22, 2021 1:43 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The Conservatives are calling on Liberal MPs to support the party’s motion to have Parliament declare a genocide against ethnic […]

China calls for reset in Sino-US relations |DailyTimes

BEIJING: Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Monday the United States and China could work together on issues like climate change and the coronavirus pandemic if they repaired their damaged bilateral relationship. Wang, a Chinese state councillor and foreign minister, said Beijing stood ready to reopen constructive dialogue with Washington after relations between the two countries […]

Trump’s election loss nullifies Meng Wanzhou’s argument for release: attorney general

Canada’s attorney general says the failure of former U.S. president Donald Trump to win re-election nullifies an argument to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on the basis he was using her to get a better trade deal with China. In court documents released Thursday, David Lametti says Meng’s argument depends on public statements that […]

‘Despicable’: China slams Canada for declaration against arbitrary detention – National

China lashed out at Canada on Thursday for joining the U.S. and 56 other countries in endorsing a declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign citizens for political purposes. The dispute is rooted in Canada’s campaign to free its nationals Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were arrested more than two years ago by […]

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai appeals bail denial – National

By Alice Fung The Associated Press Posted February 17, 2021 11:09 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Prominent Hong Kong democracy advocate and newspaper publisher Jimmy Lai returned to court to relaunch his appeal for bail […]

As China cites ‘attack,’ no nations singled out in arbitrary detention declaration: Garneau – National

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the newly announced declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes isn’t aimed at any particular country – despite China’s swift reaction to the document. Read more: Canada creates coalition with 57 countries to declare arbitrary detentions immoral In an article published in the Global […]