WHO grants emergency approval for China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine – National

The World Health Organization gave emergency use authorization Friday to a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinopharm, potentially paving the way for millions of the doses to reach needy countries through a U.N.-backed program rolling out coronavirus vaccines. The decision by a WHO technical advisory group, a first for a Chinese vaccine, opens the […]

EU starts rolling review of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine – National

The European Union’s drug regulator announced Tuesday that it has started a rolling review of China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to assess its effectiveness and safety, a first step toward possible approval for use in the 27-nation bloc. The European Medicines Agency said Tuesday that its decision to start the review is based on preliminary […]

Canada troubled by China’s targeting of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong – National

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau expressed concern Saturday over China’s recent targeting of several Hong Kong pro-democracy activists. In a statement, Garneau said that Canada was troubled over the targeting of ten of Hong Kong’s leading pro-democracy advocates, and that the actions were a “stifling of peaceful political expression continues to encroach on fundamental […]

Biden, Japan’s Suga unite against China’s aggression at 1st White House summit – National

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday sought to present a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to counter an increasingly assertive China as the U.S. leader held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office. Biden hosted Suga for talks that offered the Democratic president, inaugurated in January, a chance to […]

‘We’re coming to get you’: China’s critics facing threats, retaliation for activism in Canada – National

In July 2019, Mehmet Tohti was just hours away from speaking publicly to politicians about the Chinese government’s horrific abuse of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang when he received a message on Twitter:  “Your f—ing mother is dead,” it read. Read more: Trudeau says China must address world’s ‘significant’ concerns on Uyghur abuse Tohti […]

Garneau slams China’s sanctions, says they are an ‘attack on transparency’ – National

China’s newly announced sanctions placed on Canadian parliamentarians and the country’s democratic institutions are “unacceptable” and an “attack on transparency and freedom of expression,” Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister says. “The Government of Canada stands with parliamentarians and all Canadians as we continue to work with partners in defence of democracy and freedom of speech […]

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 […]

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 […]

Biden presses China’s Xi on trade, human rights in 1st call – National

Joe Biden on Wednesday held his first call as president with Xi Jinping, pressing the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing’s crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong as well as other human rights concerns. The two leaders spoke just hours after Biden announced plans for a Pentagon task force to review U.S. national […]

Canadian MPs call to relocate 2022 Winter Olympics over China’s abuse of Uighurs – National

More than a dozen federal lawmakers from all parties are calling for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved outside China, citing a “genocidal campaign” by the state against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. An open letter signed by 13 MPs, a half-dozen Quebec politicians and others warns that participating in the Beijing Olympics […]