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The CCF Advisory Board has released an open letter to the Government of Canada regarding its proposal to address foreign influence
March 21, 2023
Canada-China Focus has released an Open Letter to the Right Honorable David Johnston, Independent Special Rapporteur on Foreign Interference, Government of Canada.
While affirming Canada’s right to demand respect for sovereignty and non-interference, the signatories caution that recent questioning of Senator Yuen Pau Woo regarding his loyalties, or the insinuations that newly elected Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim gained his victory through election interference are signs that such discussions are turning toxic and can be dangerous.
“We have also seen how similar unfounded accusations damaged or destroyed the lives and reputations of distinguished Canadians such as Maher Arar, John Holmes, Paul Lin, or Herbert Norman,” the statement points out.
Unfortunately, say the authors, too often “’foreign interference’ is simply a codeword for “Chinese” with all the racist overtones that have been imposed on that term.”
The nine signatories to the letter represent a group of diverse Canadian voices concerned about the recent toxic atmosphere being created in current discussions on “foreign interference” and national security.
Dec 13, 2022:
CCF has released its statement for 2023 plans. Click here to read what’s in store for Canada-China Focus in the new year!
Dec 13, 2022:
CCF is starting its fundraising campaign to support another year of education, public events, and advocating for peace, anti-racism, and climate justice.
Have you enjoyed the work of the Canada-China Focus project this year and want to support next year’s activities?
Consider making a tax-deductible donation:
You can do so by visiting the UVic Giving Webpage, selecting “other” from the drop-down menu, and typing “Canada-China Focus” in the comment box.
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Now available – Conference recording from HardTalk: Canada and the Asia Pacific
On October 24, 2022 Canada-China Focus and Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs hosted the conference Hardtalk: Canada and the Asia Pacific Conference. This one-day, in person conference brought together diverse and anti-racist voices seeking an independent and inclusive foreign policy for Canada, one that considers innovative agendas for peace and justice in Asia Pacific.
Topics of discussion included Canada-China relations, anti-Asian racism, Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, rethinking Canadian foreign policy, and evaluating Canada’s past and probable future approaches to its relations with Asia Pacific nations.
A recording of this timely conference can be found below:
“Worker and Union Solidarity with China: Why and How?” Featuring Kent Wong. 26 Apr 2022.
View the Recording and Other Videos from CCF HERE.
July 22, 2021
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