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Hostage Diplomacy Is Against China’s Interests
September 05, 2021

Hostage Diplomacy Is Against China’s Interests

By Susana Malcorra
Normalized relations between China and the West should not be taken for granted. The fates of the two Michaels are test cases for the direction Beijing chooses.

What Will Happen in Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s Canada Extradition Case?
August 21, 2021

What Will Happen in Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s Canada Extradition Case?

By Lizzi C. Lee
The latest hearings wrapped up on August 18 in a case that has attracted international attention and torpedoed Canada-China relations.
Canadian Faces Spy Ruling as Huawei Decision Looms
August 10, 2021

Canadian Faces Spy Ruling as Huawei Decision Looms

By Joe McDonald
Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in China in what critics labeled "hostage politics" in 2018. 

2nd Canadian Goes on Trial in China on Spying Charges
March 23, 2021

2nd Canadian Goes on Trial in China on Spying Charges

By Sam McNeil
Diplomats were barred from attending the trial of Michael Kovrig, just like at fellow Canadian Michael Spavor’s trial last week.

Jailed Canadians to Face Trial in China
March 19, 2021

Jailed Canadians to Face Trial in China

By Associated Press
After two years in detention, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor will face trial for espionage, amid accusations that Beijing is using them for “hostage diplomacy.”

Australia Joins Declaration Condemning Arbitrary Detention
February 26, 2021

Australia Joins Declaration Condemning Arbitrary Detention

By Joshua Mcdonald
In recent weeks, Australian citizens have been detained in China and Myanmar. 

Of Hostage Diplomacy and History: China and American Political Polarization
October 19, 2020

Of Hostage Diplomacy and History: China and American Political Polarization

By Bradley J. Murg
Beijing's threats against U.S. citizens in China seemingly ignore the central place that "hostage diplomacy" has played in American history.
Canada and the US-China Geopolitical Tug of War
May 04, 2020

Canada and the US-China Geopolitical Tug of War

By Aadil Brar
The latest news in the Meng Wanzhou case barely registered amid COVID-19.

China’s ’Hostage Diplomacy’ Cannot Be Allowed to Stand
December 16, 2019

China’s ’Hostage Diplomacy’ Cannot Be Allowed to Stand

By Ankit Panda
Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor, and Yang Hengjun must be freed.

The Cruel Fate of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China
December 10, 2019

The Cruel Fate of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China

By Peter Humphrey
A firsthand account of what life in Chinese detention is like for a foreigner on politically motivated charges.

How Should Canada Approach Its China Problem?
August 07, 2019

How Should Canada Approach Its China Problem?

By Richard Shimooka
The Meng Wanzhou affair is a wake-up call: Canada needs to get serious about the China challenge.
The US-China Trade War Could Spell Election Defeat for Canada’s Trudeau
July 23, 2019

The US-China Trade War Could Spell Election Defeat for Canada’s Trudeau

By Kurt Fifelski
The Canadian prime minister might become the most high-profile casualty of U.S.-China frictions.

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