Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton’s ground-breaking book about China’s covert influence on Australian society, has been both applauded as an overdue exposé and criticized as an exaggeration of the problem. But when he finished the book, he received some unwanted validation of its central thesis: three Australian publishers declined to publish it, citing fear of retribution from Beijing or its allies.
Hamilton, a professor of public ethics at Canberra’s Charles Sturt University and former executive director of progressive think-tank The Australia Institute, eventually found a willing publisher, and now is working on a sequel dealing with similar issues in North America. What he’s discovered so far makes him very concerned for Canada. He spoke with the National Post during a visit to Toronto.
When it comes to defending Canada from the menace posed by the People’s Republic of China, it is now a matter of public record, and should be a matter of some embarrassment to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, if not shame, that the course his government embarked upon almost four years ago was dangerously naïve, if not recklessly thoughtless.
It’s a tragedy that it took the Chinese Ministry of State Security’s kidnapping of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and cultural entrepreneur Michael Spavor to prove that the Beijing regime was not the “win-win, golden-decade” friend and trade partner Trudeau had incessantly harped about. Robert Schellenberg, dubiously convicted on drug-smuggling charges in the first place, had his 15-year jail sentence upgraded to a cell on death row. Canada’s canola exporters are stuck with $2.7 billion in export contracts that Beijing has ripped up. Threats of further punishment hang in the air.
Huawei technology could be banned from Westminster due to concerns over its “shoddy” security, according to the technical director of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Dr Ian Levy said that “the security in Huawei is like nothing else – it’s engineering like it’s back in the year 2000 – it’s very, very shoddy and leads to cyber security issues that we then have to manage long term. It’s just poor engineering.”
His comments were made in a BBC Panorama documentary, to be aired this evening, about the potential security risks of Huawei hardware.
A Canadian citizen identified only by the initials F.G. has been arrested in Lebanon, charged with spying for Israel’s benefit on the terrorist group Hezbollah.
Lebanese security officials said in a statement that the man is alleged to have acted under the direction of Unit 504, the famed human intelligence division of the Israeli Defense Forces.
Spanish investigators believe that two assailants who broke into the North Korean embassy in Madrid last month and took hostages have links to the CIA, according to reports.
None of the 10 individuals who broke into the embassy before tying up and beating staff as they looked for information on computers have been caught.
But sources from the investigation told the Spanish newspaper El País that they been able to identify several of the attackers from video evidence.
Although the majority of the assailants who sped away in two of the embassy’s cars before vanishing have been identified as Koreans, two of the group “have been recognised by Spanish secret services as being linked with the CIA”, El País reported on Wednesday.
US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has reportedly warned the German government that Washington might limit intelligence sharing with Berlin if the latter allows Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. to build its next generation 5G mobile network. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Grenell had sent Economy Minister Peter Altmaier a threatening letter on 8 March.
Was it a mistake, the work of a “rogue” visa officer, or a hidden government agenda to target a controversial telecommunications corporation?
As a tense diplomatic standoff continues between Canada and China, two immigration experts are again pondering an unusual sequence of events that saw three of their Chinese clients denied permanent residence here because they belonged to an organization involved in espionage.
That organization appeared to be Huawei Technologies, their employer.
Justin will be so sad.
The global drama playing itself out for the international media, between Canada, China and the United States, continues to occasionally pop up in headlines, but the enormity of the stakes here seems lost on most observers.
Popping up alongside stories about the continuing trade talks between the U.S. and China are ones regarding a criminal case for sanctions violations that may hold yet to be understood implications for everything from bilateral-international trade deals to 5G integration.
The LPC will happily sell us out to Communist China.
China has accused detained Canadian citizen Michael Kovrig of stealing state secrets passed on to him from another detained Canadian, Michael Spavor, in what is likely to further ramp up tension between Ottawa and Beijing.
Businessman Spavor and former diplomat Kovrig were picked up in early December, shortly after Canada arrested Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou, who faces extradition to the United States and has filed a civil claim against Canadian authorities, including Ottawa.
China has repeatedly demanded Meng be released, and reacted angrily last week when the Canadian government approved extradition proceedings against her.
This is really cramping Justin’s desire to sell Canada out to China.
Meng “Yoko” Wanzhou
Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, as well as members of the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP, alleging “serious breaches” of her constitutional rights when she was detained at Vancouver International Airport on Dec. 1.
Ms. Meng, a Chinese citizen and chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver, causing a diplomatic rift between Canada and China.
That’s one ugly woman.
VANCOUVER—Canada’s Department of Justice has given the official go-ahead on extradition proceedings for Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive who was arrested in Vancouver three months ago at the behest of American officials.
“The department is satisfied that the requirements set out by the Extradition Act for the issuance of an authority-to-proceed have been met and there is sufficient evidence to be put before an extradition judge for decision,” the department said in a release Friday morning.
Montreal-based UN aviation agency tried to cover up 2016 cyberattack, documents show
In November 2016, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was hit by the most serious cyberattack in its history, and internal documents obtained by CBC suggest key members of the team that should have prevented the attack tried to cover up how badly it was mishandled.
As the United Nations body that sets standards for civil aviation around the world, ICAO is the gateway to everyone in the aviation industry, so an uncontained cyberattack left not just ICAO vulnerable, but made sitting ducks of its partners worldwide.
The documents obtained by CBC suggest the hacker was most likely a member of Emissary Panda, a sophisticated and stealthy espionage group with ties to the Chinese government.
At ICAO, investigators found a network full of holes, with security vulnerabilities that should have been flagged years earlier.
No worries. Mr Wan the ICAO security guy said it was a minor event and that’s probably why he wasn’t in a hurry to plug the holes.
The chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei had barely been arrested last December — triggering a diplomatic scrap of historic scale between China and Canada — when an obscure B.C.-based group called an unusual Vancouver press conference.
With most Canadians still digesting the news of Meng Wanzhou’s detention, and the U.S. extradition request behind it, the United Association of Women and Children of Canada appeared before the cameras to demand the executive’s immediate release.
Free Meng Protest – Vancouver. I think you’re living in the wrong country. Or am I?
On the surface, it seems that many people from China living in Canada do not shy away from voicing their political opinions. This month, at McMaster University, a Chinese student group issued a statement condemning a Uyghur activist’s speech at the university that criticized the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uyghur minority in China. At the University of Toronto, Chinese students signed a petition protesting the election of a Tibetan student who supports greater freedom for Tibetans in China to be student union president. And since December, many Chinese immigrants in Vancouver have taken to the streets to protest the Canadian authorities’ arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
Ah diversity! Vancouver radio host says Chinese community taking China’s side in Meng case
The US will stop sharing intelligence with countries that use Huawei hardware in their core communication systems, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.
The threat: “If a country adopts this [Huawei equipment] and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won’t be able to share information with them, we won’t be able to work alongside them,” Pompeo said during an interview with Fox Business on Thursday. “In some cases there’s risk—we won’t even be able to co-locate American resources, an American embassy, an American military outpost,” he added.
Defiance: Britain, New Zealand, and Germany all signaled this week that they may be willing to continue using Huawei gear as they prepare their infrastructure for the arrival of 5G. Pompeo’s remarks are a major escalation in tensions between the US and its allies over the role of Huawei.