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Open newsletter – february 23, 2022

ASIA A divide is emerging between how the Asia Pacific region has responded to the Omicron wave of COVID-19, and how North American and Western European countries have responded. East Asia Forum, Jeremy Youde: Asia’s cautious approach to Omicron AUSTRALIA One of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials involved with a new […]

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Daily news – February 9, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Key4Biz, Reuters, RFE RL, The Jamestown Foundation, ThinkChina, US Department of State  AFRICA The criticality of climate finance for Africa. Amar Bhattacharya, Brookings: Climate finance will be critical for enabling Africa to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change and to ensure that its […]

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Daily news – February 5, 2022

AFRICA African Union: Focus on Rights, Justice at Summit. Human Rights Watch: President Macky Sall of Senegal should ensure that civilian protection, human rights, and justice and accountability are the focus of the African Union’s agenda as he takes over leadership of the 55-country body, Human Rights Watch said today. The African Union (AU) summit is […]

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UK gives Ukraine anti-tank weapons as Canada sends special forces (Al Jazeera)

The United Kingdom has begun supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons and Canada has reportedly deployed a small contingent of special forces to Kyiv amid concerns of a possible invasion by Russia. The developments came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov angrily rejected claims by the United States last week that Moscow was preparing a pretext […]

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Canadian foreign minister to visit Ukraine, vows to deter Russian aggression (David Ljunggren, Reuters)

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly will visit Kyiv next week to reaffirm support for Ukrainian sovereignty and reinforce efforts to deter “aggressive actions” by Russia, Ottawa said on Saturday. Canadian foreign minister to visit Ukraine, vows to deter Russian aggression | Reuters

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Canada approved reparations – the US can be next (Christopher Rhodes, Al Jazeera)

The federal government just set aside a huge sum – $40bn – to compensate the victims and relatives of a system of cruel racial exploitation that existed for much of the country’s history. This news is not about the United States, where debate over reparations for slavery have been stalled in Congress for decades. No, […]

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Canada’s move to push out Chinese telecom firm draws fire in China (Liu Yang, Global Times)

A move by the Canadian authorities to force CMLink, the Canadian subsidiary of China’s largest telecom carrier China Mobile, to shut down its services in the country, citing national security risks, has drawn widespread criticism in both China and Canada, where many slammed the decision as politically motivated. Canada’s move to push out Chinese telecom […]

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Activists denounce China’s secret residential surveillance system (Erin Hale, Al Jazeera)

On September 24, Chinese authorities released Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig after detaining them for more than 1,000 days. The pair were not held in an ordinary prison but were instead placed in “Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location” (RSDL), conditions that have been compared with enforced disappearance by rights groups. Both Canadians had limited access […]

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China has done nothing to break the Western alliance, observers say after Trudeau calls for ‘united front’ against China (Global Times)

Shortly after Ottawa joined the US in the campaign of not sending officials to the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made another provocation by urging Western countries to create a united front against China to “prevent the Asian state from using commercial interests to play them against each other.” […]

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Kyrgyzstan Files Lawsuit Against Canada’s Centerra Gold Amid Ongoing Standoff (RFE RL)

Kyrgyzstan has filed a lawsuit against Canada’s Centerra Gold company, accusing it of violating the rights of employees at the Kumtor gold mine, which the Canadian firm ran for many years. Kumtor officials told RFE/RL on December 16 that the lawsuit was filed over Centerra’s alleged blocking of user and administrator access to Kumtor’s computers from May […]

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Trudeau Proposes Joint EV Rebates with US to Avoid Trade Dispute (Ryan Secard, IndustryWeek)

If you can’t beat them, join them. That appears to be the thinking behind Canada’s latest move concerning a proposed U.S.-built electric-vehicle tax rebate contained in President Biden’s $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” investment bill. Trudeau Proposes Joint EV Rebates with US to Avoid Trade Dispute | IndustryWeek

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UK, Canada join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games (David Ljunggren and Yew Lun Tian, Reuters)

Canada joined Australia, Britain and the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Wednesday, with China calling the boycotts “political posturing” and a smear campaign. UK, Canada join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games | Reuters