Canada’s new ambassador to China vows to raise human rights concerns

OTTAWA — The federal government has chosen a career diplomat who says defending human rights and repairing the Canada-China relationship are her main focus as Ottawa’s new ambassador to China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Jennifer May, most recently ambassador to Brazil, as his new envoy to Beijing, ditching his practice of putting political appointees … Read more

Chinese fighter planes intercept Australian aircraft during ‘routine’ activity – National

Chinese fighter planes intercepted an Australian aircraft in the South China Sea Region during a routine surveillance activity by Australia in international airspace, the department of security said in a news release Saturday. The intercept resulted in a “dangerous maneuver” causing a safety threat to the Australian RAAF P-8 maritime aircraft and its crew. Read … Read more

China will see Canada’s Huawei, ZTE bans as ‘a slap in the face,’ experts warn – National

Canada’s decision to ban Huawei and ZTE from the country’s 5G telecommunications network will be a blow to an already tense relationship with China, experts warn. Although it’s not yet clear if China will retaliate beyond strong condemnation of Canada’s decision, experts say the possibility exists that the risk has increased for Canadian travelers and … Read more

Joly presses China to play ‘constructive role’ to end Russia’s war on Ukraine – National

Canada and China disagree on many things but Beijing’s buy-in is essential on one key issue — helping end the Russian war on Ukraine, says Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly. Joly told The Canadian Press that is a message she delivered in her phone call last week with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before arriving … Read more