Category Archives: China

Kevin Mallory: The churchgoing patriot who spied for China

US officials say China is trying to influence US policymakers, steal secrets and spy on the US government. But how? The story of Kevin Mallory, a man who seemed to lead a typical suburban life in Virginia, provides the answer.

FBI agents pointed their weapons at Jeremiah Mallory, a teenager standing in the doorway of his house one morning in June 2017, and told him to get on his knees.

“They’ve got guns in his face,” says Patsy Clark, a family friend. They were looking for evidence against his father, Kevin Mallory, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer who had been spying for the Chinese government.

One of Mallory’s neighbours, a dog walker, was heading down the block: “All of a sudden I hear this yelling.”


Robert Schellenberg: What we know about his case so far

A court in China has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death for drug smuggling amid rising diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

The court said Robert Lloyd Schellenberg’s 15-year jail term, received in November, was too lenient.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has since accused China of arbitrarily applying the death penalty.

China said that Canada should respect its sovereignty. Schellenberg now has 10 days to launch an appeal.

More… China rejects Canada’s plea for clemency for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, sentenced to death for drug trafficking


Freeland says China death sentence for Canadian ‘human being’ is ‘inhumane’

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has asked China to spare the life of a British Columbia man facing a death sentence, calling capital punishment “inhumane.”

Freeland also trumpeted a long list of allies that the country has courted in its efforts to free two other Canadians imprisoned last month after Canada arrested a Chinese executive at the request of the United States.

Freeland’s remarks in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., on Tuesday came after China shot back at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier on Tuesday, expressing “strong dissatisfaction” with his criticism of a death sentence handed down to a previously arrested third Canadian, an alleged drug smuggler.

Next up- Justin threatens China with lecture on gender equality and transphobia


China calls Trudeau’s remarks on Canadian’s death sentence ‘irresponsible’

China blasted Canada for “irresponsible” remarks on Tuesday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the country of “arbitrarily” sentencing a Canadian to death for drug smuggling, aggravating already icy relations.

Beijing and Ottawa have been at odds since early December, when Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.


FUREY: China has now fully lost the PR game in Canada

Less than two months ago, Canada’s concerns with China were very different than they are today.

At the end of November, Finance Minister Bill Morneau was in Beijing to give a talk to the Canada China Business Council.

It was one of those events that wouldn’t have garnered much attention back home were it not for the fact that Canadian media ended up being inexplicably barred from entering the event by the Chinese government. They’ve never been into freedom of the press but it was troubling to see our own media on the receiving end


In China, they’re closing churches, jailing pastors – and even rewriting scripture

Mass – “House church” China

China’s Communist party is intensifying religious persecution as Christianity’s popularity grows. A new state translation of the Bible will establish a ‘correct understanding’ of the text

In late October, the pastor of one of China’s best-known underground churches asked this of his congregation: had they successfully spread the gospel throughout their city? “If tomorrow morning the Early Rain Covenant Church suddenly disappeared from the city of Chengdu, if each of us vanished into thin air, would this city be any different? Would anyone miss us?” said Wang Yi, leaning over his pulpit and pausing to let the question weigh on his audience. “I don’t know.”


FUREY: Canada will benefit from striking now rather than later on the Huawei ban

Just the other day, I was out for lunch with a senior public policy advisor and the conversation to drifted to how odd it is that for decades successive Canadian governments have been so enamoured with cozying up to the Chinese leadership in Beijing.

Then, right at that moment, a former senior cabinet minister walked into the restaurant inexplicably wearing a traditional Chinese-style outfit. We did a double take. The timing was straight out of a sitcom.


The list of countries with espionage fears about China’s Huawei is growing — fast

Huawei Technologies has been one of the most successful Chinese conglomerates of the modern era. The telecoms company recently surpassed Apple as the world’s second-biggest supplier of cellphones globally. As a key part of Beijing’s “digital Silk Road” initiative, it claims that its services are used in more than 170 countries.

But the company is attracting growing scrutiny internationally. A number of governments are concerned that the company may still have ties with the Chinese security services — prompting a number of those governments to put the company under scrutiny. There are particular concerns about the use of Huawei’s technology in upgrades to fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks.

The company’s background is another factor that worries some governments. Huawai was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in China’s People’s Liberation Army, in the 1980s. It has become notorious for its military-like corporate culture.


Lawrence Solomon: Remember Trump’s supposedly ‘lose-lose’ trade war? He’s winning. China’s losing.

Not that long ago, China’s economy was seen as a juggernaut that would soon overtake America’s to become the world’s largest. “Made in China 2025,” the Chinese government’s blueprint to take over manufacturing, was seen as an existential threat to U.S. technological leadership. Speculation had the Chinese yuan replacing the United States dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

What a difference a trade war makes. No one marvels at the Chinese economy today.


Poland charges Huawei manager and Pole with spying for China

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Internal Security Agency has charged a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and one of its own former officers with espionage against Poland on behalf of China, Polish state television reported on Friday.

The two men were arrested on Tuesday. Polish security agents also searched the offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland’s leading communications provider, where the Pole had recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data. The homes of both men were also searched, according to TVP, the state broadcaster.

The development comes as a U.S. dispute with China over a ban on Huawei is spilling over to Europe, the company’s biggest foreign market, where some countries are also starting to shun its network systems over data security concerns.


‘Western egotism and white supremacy’ behind calls to release Canadians detained in China: Chinese ambassador

OTTAWA — Canada and its Western allies’ calls for the release of two Canadians detained in China are rooted in white supremacy, the Chinese ambassador said in a published op-ed Wednesday.

Experts and analysts say the harsh language from the Chinese government’s representative indicates the raw nerve that Canada has touched within the communist government with its efforts to recruit international support for its detainees.

China, the nation Justin sucks up to.


New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) – The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius.

U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are independent: equipment seller Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd.


Hong Kong proposes law banning insults to Chinese national anthem

Hong Kong unveiled a proposed law on Wednesday to punish anyone who disrespects the Chinese national anthem with up to three years in jail, as Beijing ramps up pressure on the semi-autonomous city to fall into line.

The bill, which will have its first reading in the city’s parliament on January 23, sets up a fresh battle between authorities and democracy activists who say the financial hub’s freedoms are being steadily dismantled.

Hong Kong has mulled the law ever since China fine-tuned legislation on the proper way and place to sing the anthem, tightening rules that already bar people from performing it at parties, weddings and funerals.