China, which has the world’s largest number of smokers, is making another effort at limiting smoking by banning officials from lighting up in public. This time, the edict is coming from the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party and … Continue Reading
MONTREAL — Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is calling for more co-operation with China in space and he wants it to be part of any international effort to return to the moon. And he’s not alone in his thinking. Space […]
OTTAWA – The most interesting story I covered this year was Justin Trudeau’s arrival as Liberal leader. I had several opportunities over 2013 to sit down and interview Trudeau, as well as see him in action both before and after […]
The National Energy Board joint review panel examining the $6.5-billion Enbridge Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline will release its report and recommendation Thursday afternoon on whether the project should be built. The 1,177-kilometre pipeline would transport oilsands crude from northern Alberta […]
OTTAWA — Nearly a decade after it was first proposed and following a few years of environmental review, the fate of the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline will be a lot clearer on Thursday. The National Energy Board (NEB) […]
China deserves all the congratulations in the world for landing its first spacecraft on the Moon. It’s a big deal – both for China and humanity at large. But can somebody please explain why the background image at this exhibit for China’s recently deployed Yutu Rover depicts a massive mushroom cloud over Europe?
China’s first lunar-landing over the weekend brings the total number of nations to achieve a soft-landing on the moon up to three — but it could also mean a jump in the number of the number of satellites (both media and military) circling overhead.
OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is rejecting suggestions the federal Conservative government, in directing Canadian diplomats last month to be constantly on the prowl for commercial opportunities, is selling out for the Almighty Dollar. And he accuses those […]
China’s state-run television network is reporting that the unmanned Yutu lunar rover has successfully soft-landed on the moon. The rover, which touched down a few minutes after 9PM Saturday night Beijing time, is the first object to be successfully sof…
BEIJING, China – A gas explosion at a coal mine in western China has…
WASHINGTON – This just in: U.S. rejects Santa is Canadian. While the United States has refused to comment on Canada’s recent claim that it owns the North Pole, it has rejected the idea that the claim could mean Santa Claus […]
Recently, Governor General David Johnston sat down with Jason Fekete of Postmedia News for an interview on topics ranging from Afghanistan to education to fighting in hockey. Here is a condensed version of their interview, lightly edited for clarity. Q: […]
The engineer accused of trying to leak secret information to China was described by a former boss as a vocal supporter of his home country’s Communist government. Qing Quentin Huang was arrested Sunday by RCMP, who allege the 53-year-old man … Continue Reading
The Chinese National Space Administration has successfully launched its Chang’e-3 lunar probe to the moon. If all goes well from here, it’ll be the first Chinese spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body — and the first rover to land on the moon in four decades.
So … okay, by chance this guy was caught, and by all appearances it seems to have been a quick and lucky catch. What are the chances that there have been many before him that nobody has been the wiser about and there will be many more after him too?
Stewart Bell writing at NationalPost:
A speedy undercover investigation that lasted less than 48 hours led to the arrest this weekend of a Toronto naval engineer accused of trying to pass secrets about Canadian patrol ships to the government of China.
Qing Quentin Huang, 53, was charged Sunday with two counts under the Security of Information Act for allegedly attempting to “communicate to a foreign entity” details of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.
A Canadian citizen who immigrated from China via Singapore in 2001, Mr. Huang was employed at Lloyd’s Register Canada, which was subcontracted by Irving Shipbuilding to work on the design phase of Canada’s Arctic patrol vessels.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service notified the RCMP on Thursday afternoon that Mr. Huang had allegedly contacted the Chinese embassy in Ottawa to offer up the sensitive documents, several sources said.
Fearing Mr. Huang might begin handing over the materials, the Ontario National Security Enforcement Team, working with the Toronto Police Service, had undercover operators pose as Chinese agents and approach him about acquiring the documents, those familiar with the case said.
He was arrested at just before 1 p.m. Saturday in Burlington, Ont., not far from his suburban home in Waterdown. He was to appear in court in Toronto on Wednesday. If convicted, he faces a possible life sentence……….
China, with its paltry aid to the Philippines and its announcement of a new air-defense zone over the East China sea, has not been making friends in its region these days. But the country to worry about in the Far East is not China. It is Japan. Count…
BEIJING, China – Star Chinese director Zhang Yimou has admitted flouting his country’s strict family planning rules by having three children with his wife, but rejected rumours that he had fathered seven children with several women. Zhang’s office issued an … Continue Reading
BEIJING, China – China launched its first mission Monday to land a rover on…
An ugly side to the beautiful game is emerging globally. Police say three men including a referee have been charged with hacking into the computers of English soccer’s governing body, Bloomberg reported Friday. And two men charged with conspiring to […]
The Yutu “Jade Rabbit” rover will lift off from China this coming Sunday as a part of the Chang’e-3 mission. It’ll be the first soft landing on the Moon since Russia’s Luna-24 in 1976 — a drought of 37 years.
BEIJING, China – China said it sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defence zone days after the U.S., South Korea and Japan all sent flights through the airspace in broadening defiance of rules Beijing says it has imposed … Continue Reading
Gionee isn’t exactly a name that you’d come across in the Western market every day, but this time, the Chinese company has big global ambitions. The latest proof is its Elife E7, a 5.5-inch 1080p Android phone that boasts two titles: it’s the firs…
As if the going-ons in the Middle East were not enough to keep everybody on their toes, now we have to dance from one end of the world to the other… Asia … to see the warlike developments between China and her neighbours…and of course America. America is like the salt in any and every savory dish at the war table. Everything is insipid and tasteless without that essential condiment.
China has sent warplanes to its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea, state media reports.
The vast zone, announced last week, covers territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
China has said all planes transiting the zone must file flight plans and identify themselves, or face “defensive emergency measures”.
But Japan, South Korea and the US have all since flown military aircraft through the area……
Japan and South Korea defy China air zone rules. Japan and South Korea have both flown planes unannounced through China’s newly-declared air defence zone, officials from both nations say.
Japanese aircraft had conducted routine “surveillance activity” over the East China Sea zone, the top government spokesman said……
….Without prior notice, Beijing began demanding Saturday that passing aircraft identify themselves and accept Chinese instructions or face consequences in an East China Sea zone that overlaps a similar air defense identification zone overseen by Japan since 1969 and initially part of one set up by the U.S. military.
But when tested just days later by U.S. B-52 flights — with Washington saying it made no effort to comply with China’s rules, and would not do so in the future — Beijing merely noted, belatedly, that it had seen the flights and taken no further action.
South Korea’s military said Thursday its planes flew through the zone this week without informing China and with no apparent interference. Japan also said its planes have continuing to fly through it after the Chinese announcement, while the Philippines, locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands, said it also was rejecting China’s declaration……….
Just days after it unveiled a second gold One, HTC is releasing another variant of its Android flagship in an attempt to boost sales in the UK. Today, the company announced the availability of the HTC One Dual SIM, which you may already know as HT…
In mid-November, Wikileaks released the secret draft text for the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter of the TPP. Stuart Trew talks about what this leak tells us about the agreement as a whole. Stuart Trew is trade campaigner with the Council of Canad…
Word is coming out of the discovery of a truly massive, shale oil field in Australia that’s expected to produce from 233 upwards to 400-billion barrels of crude oil. That’s crude oil, not bitumen.
Even at the lowest range, 233-billion barrels considerably exceeds Canada’s 175-billion barrel petro-reserves, most of which are high-cost, high-carbon bitumen.
As Richard over at Canadian Trends points out, the recent accord with Iran is compounding the recent slump in WTI crude, magnifying Alberta’s “carbon bubble” problems.
What impact will the Coober Pedy bonanza have on Canada’s high risk energy resources? You may think (Read more…)
Skype use in China was especially risky for a while — when a local company (TOM Online) was processing data with no real safeguards, it virtually guaranteed the presence of government monitoring. Now that Microsoft has teamed with Guangming Found…
Manny Pacquiao cruised to a 12-round unanimous decision win over Brandon Rios in Macau China Saturday night. Rios (31-2-1) was unable to penetrate the defences of The Pacman and was reduced to playing defence for most of the bout. Meanwhile, […]
BEIJING, China – China’s president on Sunday visited hospitalized victims of deadly explosions that…
CAN CHINA INNOVATE ? The immense weight of China dominates much economic prognostication these days. Will it overtake the USA and become the dominant power of this century ? What are its strengths and weaknesses ? In the November 18 edition of Time Magazine Michael Schuman looks at this question from the perspective of China’s need to learn innovation. Not simply to produce. This is one area in which it is well behind the USA, to the great comfort of American apologists.
China is facing a period of transition and needs to adjust.
“China is a victim of its (Read more…)
We continue our special series of commentaries marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of Mel Watkins’ classic article, “A Staple Theory of Economic Growth,” with the following contribution from Daniel Poon. Daniel is one of Ca…
BEIJING, China – Leaked oil from a ruptured pipeline in an eastern Chinese port…
OTTAWA — They’re cute, they’re cuddly, and they come at a price. Researchers at Oxford University have charted what they say is a pattern to China’s “panda diplomacy,” namely that the black-and-white bears have become a key part of the […]
BEIJING, China – A funeral home discovered a baby was alive two days after he was pronounced dead at a hospital in eastern China. Authorities revoked the license of the doctor who mistakenly declared the newborn boy dead, the health … Continue Reading
Man of Tai Chi, the Keanu Reeves directorial debut martial arts film that premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, is set to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray December 10th. Reeves stars as the wealthy owner of a […]
OTTAWA – Nearly two years after Xi Jinping, now China’s president, initially ducked an invitation from Prime Minister Stephen Harper to visit Canada, the two leaders still have not held an official bilateral meeting – sparking questions by some experts […]
MADRID – Spain’s National Court on Tuesday issued arrest orders for former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and four other officials as part of a probe into alleged genocide by China against Tibet. The court said it accepted arguments from Spanish … Continue Reading