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Amber Athey: Every High-Profile Left Figure Denied 2016 Election
"The Democrats just picked a new leader Hakim Jeffries now I know amber you follow the game here as much as I do sadly it has turned into a game The left told us the worst thing you could be right now is an election denier right If you are you should be banned from YouTube Twitter Facebook SnapChat TikTok You shouldn't be allowed to speak You should be hung from your toenails Upside down 20 hours a day Four hours to get your breath back in that's it Which is really strange Because Hakeem Jeffries is on video and audio I just played it before you came on Repeatedly questioning the 2016 election Your thoughts are missed disaster It's so typical pretty much every high profile figure on the left at this point we know based on their old social media habits and posts that they all thought to 2016 election was stolen And the ones who didn't outright say it were pushing the idea that Russia had colluded with Trump to help him win anyway So he came Jeffrey's Nancy Pelosi Korean Jean Pierre the current White House press secretary and then the former one Jen Psaki They have all done it It's funny When a Republican wins and they didn't want them to win they claim voter suppression but then when a Democrat wins and Republicans point out fraud they say that you're an election denier
China's Xi urges Ukraine talks in meeting with EU's Michel
"China's president has asked for negotiations on solving the Ukraine conflict whilst in talks with the European council president Charles Michel, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said solving the Ukraine crisis through political means was in the interest of Europe and Eurasia he also discouraged any escalation of the conflict and suggested that all parties work for peace in a briefing with reporters European council president Charles Michel said. I urged prison chief at our new China sermon in April to use his influence on Russia to respect the UN charter. China has made these statements in the past, but has refused to condemn Russia's invasion and criticize sanctions against Moscow. I'm Karen Chammas.
Inflation eases in Europe, but still in double digits
"Inflation in Europe has eased for the first time in more than a year, as energy prices drift down from painful highs. Despite a modest easing, the double digit rate still hovers near a record that's robbed consumers of their spending power and led economists to predict a recession and EU agency says the consumer price index in the 19 countries that use the Euro currency hit 10% in November from a year earlier that was a drop from 10.6% in October, the first decrease since June 2021 out of control inflation is being fed by a high energy prices caused by Russia largely cutting off natural gas over the war in Ukraine as well as bottlenecks in supplies of raw materials and parts and rebounding demand after COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ended. Charles De Ledesma, London
EU seeks specialized court to investigate Russia war crimes
"Wants to set up a UN backed specialized court to investigate a possible war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine. European Commission president Ursula von der leyen says the EU will work with international partners to get the broadest international support possible for the tribunal, while continuing to support the work of the International Criminal Court, since Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, his military forces have been accused of abuses ranging from killings in the key suburb of butcher to deadly attacks on civilian facilities. Investigations of possible military crimes committed are underway around Europe and The Hague based International Criminal Court has launched its own probes. I'm Charles De
Winston Churchill's Warning of the Iron Curtain
"To get this visual idea of a curtain coming down, when this speech came out, this was a fault that had been around that you used a mini, this separated the two sides. This iron curtain is a movable object that is coming down in which the east and the west were separate. If you read deeply into the speech, you can see that Churchill's desire, is there not to be a separation. I think he believed inherently that if there would be more cooperation, there would be more influence. There would be more contact. There would be more of the freedom contacting the non freedom that the freedom would win out. Of course, the USSR did not want that freedom. They did not want their influence, the people influenced by free invest you saw this iron curtain is Churchill. So poetically put, crossing the continent of Europe and taking what was free on one side as he talks about and then what was not free on the other. If you look at this today, the concern that is out there among many. Is that we are seeing communist states. Our totalitarian states who are seeing more and more of an opportunity to expand their sphere of influence and expand opportunities. We're seeing them become more closed in. You see North Korea that is one of the most backward, small countries in the world that terrorizes all people for it's living. And a very existence. You have China who's spreading more and more and putting pressure on its neighbors. You see Russia who is taking armed aggression into those to provide a quote buffer, real or imagined in Putin's head to keep the Soviet Union or the Russia and protection. This is seems in 1945 or 1946 in this speech but I believe Winston Churchill laying out the facts. That in a world in which you have divisions of beliefs in freedom and expansion for people that the governments of the world are going to have to be able to cooperate with each other and experience the benefits of freedom, the benefits of a government in which you have a legislative executive you have a judiciary that is on its own and not try to keep people in the dark or behind the curtain of freedom. This is going to be the battle as we go forward. It was the battle then. And it's something now that you hear a great deal of spoken of whether it's in the Ukrainian president zelensky, you hear it with the other country surrounding them, is that if this happens in Ukraine, what is next? Is it simply going to stop here?
Marc Morano: The U.S. Has a Long History of 'Reset' Ideology
"Like me were a little bit slow to pick up on it because we thought, well, this has never happened. There's no precedent for this kind of thing. In our nation, and we can pretty much trust people even if they're on the different side of the political spectrum. They're not going to do anything crazy. But they did. They did. In fact, well, in the book, I go back to 1913 in the U.S., Woodrow Wilson's administration was when they first had this ideology, if you will, of the administrative state ruled by credentialed experts over all aspects of your life. And keep in mind, it wasn't done as an evil mastermind plot. This was presented as, you know, people aren't educated enough. We can actually have experts running most aspects of their lives and we can have an unelected bureaucrats literally in credentialed experts managing everything from nationalizing as well. The economy from agriculture to energy to food. All the way through. And this was seen as a positive benefit. Ebbed and flowed throughout the years. In the 1930s, Roosevelt had a kitchen cabinet adviser Stuart Chase, who actually proposed an early version of this great reset, literally nationalization of energy, stopping your government control of news and propaganda, his words. And he actually said, why should the Soviets have all the fun? And this was, of course, during the time when the soap Joseph Stalin was seen as this great reformer and Russia and all the progressives were very excited. So you fast forward and what happened is if you get into the 70s well, particularly the 90s and the last decade and the previous decade, you have a lot of these same progressives now replacing Russia with China. So you have Justin Trudeau saying China is he has basic admiration for their dictatorship. You have Tom Friedman of The New York Times decades ago saying that China's doing it right and that they don't have the messiness of democracy. The UN climate chief praising China. Obama administration officials
How Modern Russia Is Mimicking Post WW2 Tensions
"What we're dealing with is the speech by west and Churchill, what is known as the iron curtain speech it was actually the title sinews of peace, but it's known for the iron curtain and by the very famous words that Winston Churchill used as showing the iron curtain had fallen across Eastern Europe, and that was under Russian control. One of the things that is said in the speech and I want to bring it up because if you fast forward from when the speech was given 1946 in Fulton, Missouri, to now, one of the things that he mentioned in his speech is that Russia would be very concerned about his western border at the time because of Germany and others, but that is very the same thing that Putin and many of the Russian leaders have been mimicking for years about NATO, Putin has decided to invade Ukraine. He's decided to annex Crimea. There's so many things. And he did so with the very much of the effect of saying we do not want to see NATO expanded because for lack of a better term, we view NATO as a threat to our country. And so what was happening now was very much mimicked right after the World War II when we heard this speech to begin with.
Setting the Stage for a World on the Brink of War
"The stage worldwide. Worldwide, we have Iran, North Korea, we have China. We have Russia. We have the terrorist groups in the Middle East. We have war constantly in Ethiopia. Some of the African nations, we have a war in Ukraine right now with Russia, a lot is unsettled on the world stage. And a lot for probably one of the first time since World War II, we're seeing this on sadness leading us closer and closer to conflict. When you look at what North Korea is doing with their nuclear testing, which they just tested and ICBM, which if given the right range and given the proper aerodynamic, could reach the United States. Again, could they actually pull it off? Still remains to be seen. But they're testing on a much quicker and higher note. You've got China who is taking the South China Sea, being very aggressive towards Taiwan, being aggressive toward the neighbors around. Again, just sort of seemingly pushing the envelope. When recently with President Biden, and also, frankly, it was an interesting with freer Trudeau. Justin Trudeau with the Canadian prime minister was very aggressive over what he believed was a leaking of their conversations to the media. And he was very abrupt in how he confronted that. As you go forward. So again, China flexing its muscles on the stage. I think China feels like they're with the American pullback, which we saw again in Obama. We're seeing it again in the Biden administration that there is an opening for China to assert its anonymous. Iran Iran is just Iran. And the human rights violations are still the greatest funder of terrorism in the Middle East. And they have their outlets of regimes Hezbollah and others who carry out their wishes and this is just who Iran is. It's been a destabilizing force in the Middle East for a long time.
Caller: Mitch McConnell Suddenly Cares About Anti-Semitism
"Smart crank to talk to you I'm very disappointed in Mitch McConnell Suddenly caring so much about anti semitism and his statement that she has no room for anti semitism or people that talk to anti semites So it's like as if Trump appointed Tanya and his racist friends to some commission he didn't do anything but me with them The problem with Americans they're too soft and think too much about emotional things How about the way Trump had of China How about the way he had on North Korea Russia bringing how about the way on the subject you raised He embraced the Jewish state like no president before him How about the fact as far as I know he's the only president to have a Jewish daughter And son in law and Jewish wrench on it I mean it's so ridiculous what they're trying to pin on him I just feel like he kind of shot himself in the foot by doing this And he needs people around him who are going to help him Stop people like this from coming into Mar-a-Lago or wherever And I think those people let him down but that said he's made it clear Abundantly clear he had no idea who went this was He said if he had said the things that he has said in the past to him he would have obviously done something about it As far as Kanye West is concerned as bad as that guy is he's known for all these years As have many people and he said he was troubled and he was looking for a meeting and he wanted to give him advice I wouldn't have done it Bad idea You see the consequences of it He is he's really in the spotlight no matter what And then there is the issue of real anti semitism out there and it's growing It's growing in various ethnic communities
NATO ministers meet to drum up more aid, arms for Ukraine
"NATO's chief has reaffirmed the alliance's commitment to Ukraine ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers and Romania. Speaking ahead of the meeting, NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said the possibility for Ukraine to join the blog was still there. However, Stoltenberg asserted that Ukraine had more urgent needs. We stated that Ukraine will become a member. I expect alas to reiterate also that position. However, the main focus now is on supporting Ukraine. Most of all, the war battered country will need electrical components for its devastated power transmission network ahead of the blistering winter, Stoltenberg accused Russia of deliberately attacking the energy infrastructure at a vital time for Ukraine. President Putin is trying to use winter as a weapon of war. I'm Karen Chammas
Ukraine on edge for more attacks, West eyes humanitarian aid
"Ukraine prepared for more Russian strikes after an apparent lull of bombardments on the country's energy infrastructure, Ukrainian president Vladimir zelensky warned that Russia will continue to bombard Ukraine as long as they have missiles to do so in the west preparations were stepped up to boost humanitarian aid to Ukraine ahead of expected blistering cold weather, Norway's foreign minister visited the capital Kyiv, calling the situation desperate with citizens facing the grim choice of fleeing or freezing. Russia has pounded energy facilities around Kyiv with a barrage of missile strikes resulting in power outages and halts in water supplies to the city. I am
Desperate for Oil, Biden Turns To Venezuela
"If you haven't heard the news yet, the vitamin administration is now going to allow Chevron big American oil company to pump oil out of Venezuela. So what's unusual about that, you might say, is, well, the fact that we had previously been sanctioning Venezuela because we have repeatedly accused the regime there of being a dictatorship. You see, we have recognized a totally different politician and totally different guy Huang Guaido as the real president of Venezuela. So now we're doing a deal with Nicolas Maduro. And the reason we're doing it, let's be honest, is because we have to. We absolutely have to. I am a realist and I've said all along, it really hasn't made a ton of sense to treat Venezuela like such an enemy in light of the fact that they're so close to us. I mean, let's just go back to the Monroe doctrine for a second, right? They're right here in our hemisphere. You're talking a few hours from Florida and for some reason we've treated them in a more hostile way than we treated Russia until recently. In a more hustle way than we've treated countries like Iran. So why the change now? What's so special about this moment in time? Well, oil prices are through the roof. And it just so happens that this week they're likely going to go even higher because now these sanctions we are putting on European countries and others Vis-à-vis Russia, they're going to go into effect. And that means you're going to have even less energy on the market. And so what do they do? Well, they get all this oil sitting down there in Venezuela, and it's getting sold anyway, frankly, illegally on the black market. I've walked you through this whole triangle before. Because you're a Caribbean island where they switch the flags on the ships, and then those container ships filled with oil, go over to Asia where again, they switch the flags and then they go eventually to China. My sources have walked me through this and I've walked you through this. The oil is making its way onto the global market in one way form or another.
Surgeons work by flashlight as Ukraine power grid battered
"Russia's devastating strikes on Ukraine's energy infrastructure is causing massive strain on the country's health system, cancer surgeon, doctor Ole Judah, was in the middle of a complicated, dangerous surgery at a hospital in lviv, Ukraine when he heard explosions near by, moments later the lights went out, Judah had to carry on with only a headlamp for lights, three minutes later the lights came back after the hospital generator kicked in, do that hold the AP those fateful minutes could have cost the patient his life, Russia's air strikes have disrupted a healthcare system which has already suffered from years of corruption and mismanagement, as well as strain from the pandemic and 9 months of war. I am Karen Chammas
Ukraine works to restore water, power after Russian strikes
"Ukrainian authorities are trying to restore electricity and water after recent bombardments from Russian forces. Ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky said in his nightly address that the main priority at the moment was bringing back power to all of Ukraine. The key task of today as well as other days of this week is energy. The president went on to say that half of those who lost power have now had it restored. Zelensky met the following day with Belgium prime minister Alexander de creux. Russia is turning on your population. Sterling on your infrastructure is putting your population in the cold and without water. And that is why it is important for us to stand here and to stand here today. I'm Karen Chammas
Europe scrambles to help Ukraine keep the heat and lights on
"Countries such as France, Britain and the U.S. are pledging as much aid as possible to ensure that Ukraine can endure the upcoming freezing temperatures. Ukrainians are struggling to stay warm already as a Russian onslaught has cut off energy and electricity supplies in much of the country, U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bridget brink, said Russia's latest on slaughter on the capital is inadmissible. We just faced here and me and everyone who is here in Kyiv, some 100 missiles being sent by Russia to try to cripple Ukraine's energy to put millions of people men, women and children in the cold and dark. France's foreign minister said Francis sending a hundred high powered generators to Ukraine to help people get through the coming months. On a visit to Kyiv, British foreign secretary James cleverly said a $60 million air defense package will help Ukraine to defend itself from further Russian attacks, likewise brink said the U.S. is stepping in to help. The United States is going to continue to do everything we possibly can working night and day to provide help. I'm Karen Chammas
Bombed, not beaten: Ukraine's capital flips to survival mode
"People across Ukraine are slipping into survival mode as Russia continues its barrage targeting one newly liberated city for particular punishment. I'm Ben Thomas with the latest. It's a bomb study. Ukrainian president Vladimir zelensky calls it the revenge of those who lost. Russia continues to pound curse on the southern city recaptured by Ukrainian forces just two weeks ago, witnesses describe at least 5 killed Thursday, but many more wounded. If you reporters capturing images of survivors drenched in their own blood. Says his house was hit by two shells. His medics carried him to an ambulance with a horrific leg wound, but hospitals incur son have been without power and water. A situation in cities across the country, including the capital Kyiv, with people filling bottles wherever they can, including collecting rainwater from train tights. I'm Ben Thomas.
EU nations work on rift over gas price cap as cold sets in
"European Union and energy ministers have met at an emergency meeting on gas prices as winter approaches EU nations have not been able to agree on the question of gas prices, which are expected to skyrocket the soaring prices are a result of Russia's war in Ukraine with Moscow slashing gas supplies to all the European nations critical of Russia's actions. The meeting was focused on trying to break a deadlock between countries like Greece, Spain and France who want to cap on prices to ease household bills, and those like Germany and Netherlands that are insisting a price cap could cut supplies. Estonia's minister of economic affairs Leonard believes the price cap is necessary, but it is a tricky balance. I understand that we have kind of a long way and it is a real proposal on the table, but still the security of supply is paramount if the price is too high, we can compensate. We need to compensate. But we can not threaten the security of supply. I'm Karen Chammas
Ukraine’s Energy Ministry says 'vast majority of electricity consumers' have lost power after Russian strikes
"Ukraine's energy minister says the vast majority of electricity consumers in Ukraine have lost power after Russian strikes. Russia's targeted Ukraine's battered power infrastructure, with another barrage of strikes forcing the country's last three fully functioning nuclear power plants to disconnect from the grid, leaving the vast majority of electricity consumers without power, the energy ministry says, in a Facebook post, the ministry adds power workers are working to restore supplies, but given
"russia" Discussed on Russia Rising
"On may ninth of last year. Trixie link went for a walk in vancouver. It was a beautiful saturday. Afternoon and laying was heading home along pathway shared by pedestrians and cyclists. The thirty seven year old had her headphones on. She was listening to a podcast discussing the recent rise in anti asian racism in the united states. The host talked about the importance of taking a stand speaking out against racist attacks and as ling listened. Someone caught her attention. I saw this guy is white man coming to where me on the other side. The white men and kinda approached me and said some no sexual slur and and racial slur and ignored him And that's when he's he spat on my face. I'm jeff simple. Senior correspondent for global news. And this is china rising episode ten races doings. Nancy ling is the founder and executive director of flavors of hope. The vancouver nonprofit helps to support refugee women to cook and sell their cultural cuisine. Why are we making today this sighting. I can cooking up dishes from all over the world. Lots of different middle eastern food latino fu compliment from different regions africa tanzania and sell the husband such a such a gift to be able to taste all the different dishes when we gathered together wing was born in taiwan when she was a kid per family moved to singapore then the united states before arriving in canada when ling was a teenager so within a short time in my childhood i really have expands many different migration moves and and really what drives my work is. I've seen kind of worry. Some of the challenges and opportunities in of migration when he moved to a new place and what it takes to really integrate and feel that sense of belonging it's really can be really challenging especially when there's language barriers cultural barriers. And so a lot of what i do is really i want to help. Women be you know have agency have power To be able to navigate through the system and really create their own sense of belonging. Because i've been in canada for men for majority of my life now and they're still that sense of by sometime like you're not you're not from here. It goes back to where you're from. You're not from here your others. But that feeling of otherness not belonging had never been so acute as that afternoon on the walking path. He tied around. He's like spell my face. And so that moment was really shocking. Obviously both like racism bows doing cova time spending on people and that kind of really aggressive violent act wing says at first. She didn't know how to respond but she thought about that. Podcast that she just been listening to moments earlier about the importance of standing up to anti-asian racism so ling decided to report the incident to police and then she shared her experience online at the start. Speaking out on social media allow the people. This is again. I was encouraged because people are sharing their own stories with me as painful as it was it. Felt like this was the space for us to actually name. What happened to us. So there is this sense of solidarity when people start sharing lyft. Those people are some friends at some of the people. I know but a lot of them are people. I don't know start messaging. The end told me no. Thank you for sharing. This is what happened to me. Or i'm afraid from my parents who you know to to walk on the street because of these psych fears of a racist attack. Which they're not. They're not irrational fear. Is it actually happens. During the first year of the copa nineteen pandemic ninety eight anti asian. Hate crimes were reported in vancouver an increase from the previous year of seven hundred and seventeen percent before george floyd was killed. This pandemic was infected with racism. Asian canadians have been targeted yelled at spat at and worse people lashing out at them in the mistaken belief that somehow their asian descent makes them responsible for the novel. Corona virus people of asian descent across the country reported a dramatic surge in hated incidence ranging from racist abuse to violent attacks in montreal. A young man was blinded by group who attacked him with a military grade pepper spray in toronto. last year. Police say the number of reported hate crimes doubled but vancouver topped the list. More anti asian hate crimes were reported in that city last year than in the ten largest. Us cities combined earning vancouver. The dubious distinction as the anti-asian hate crime capital of north america. He ready to go okay. Standby and eighty seven three to one q. Among the journalists have been reporting on that recent surge in hate crimes is tracey tong. You're watching global toronto. This is global news at eleven. Thanks for being with us. I'm tracey tong. Scattered debris in here is an award winning anchor at global news in toronto and she's a colleague. Hey tracy how you doing good. I caught up with her her office for a few minutes. Before showtime tracy's parents are from hong kong. They actually were Neighbors and they were kids and within the same apartment building and The two the two families are actually big grew up together and knew each other so that actually a movie like any good love story. The couple got married moved to canada as young adults to attend university and live happily ever after their daughter. Tracy was born and raised in toronto growing up in toronto and in in scarborough and markham they're they're pretty diverse places. I'd never felt like. I was cast aside because of my ethnicity but there certainly have been comments made here in their jokes directed towards me because of my race ones that i've always just kind of laughed often ignored and kept going. But she says the events of the past couple of years have made her rethink that response. I think the pandemic coupled with politics really caused to bubble over. Racism is not new anti asian. Racism is not new. The pandemic though highlighted a lot and brought a lot of ugly out in a lot of people i think and it was also made to feel okay by some politicians and people in the public eye disease without question has more names than any disease district. I can name comes lou. I can nineteen different versions of name to be specific. Covert nineteen that name gets further and further away from china as opposed to calling it. The chinese virus donald trump and a lot of his rhetoric fueled a lot of it and make people feel like it was okay to say certain hurtful things or do certain things out in public and so you got a lot more of these brazen acts of either violence or hate and it was less hidden than before and in march of this year those increasingly brazen acts of racism turned deadly.
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"russia" Discussed on Russia Rising
"Bail and lives in a seven bedroom mansion in vancouver under the terms of her bail agreement. She wears a. Gps monitor on her ankle and pays for twenty four hour surveillance by a team of court appointed security guards at night between eleven pm and six. Am she must remain at home. But during the day she's allowed to roam about the city as long as she travels with. The guards doesn't get too close to the airport. The court also her. How long goes on shopping. Sprees at high end vancouver boutiques some of the stores even set aside space so that she can browse in private. The court heard how long has attended large dinners with members of her family in apparent violation of cova nineteen restrictions. Meanwhile in china the two michaels have not been so fortunate. We begin tonight with a major development in the ordeal face by canadian michael stabber. He's been found guilty of espionage by chinese court in august just as the home stretch of monks. Court case got underway in vancouver. A chinese court suddenly announced it had convicted. Michael spam or. He was sentenced to eleven years in prison. Ordered to pay a fine and be deported. Though the ruling didn't specify exactly when the chinese court also upheld a death sentence against another canadian robert schellenberg who earlier been convicted of drug trafficking. There was no update on michael coverage case he remains in prison awaiting a ruling though. There's little doubt about what that verdict will be. China has a conviction rate of ninety nine percent so the rulings themselves were hardly surprising but the timing of the decisions wasn't lost on canada's former ambassador to china ye saint jacques. This is a highly political case. the timing of all this is obviously lincoln. My mind to what's happening in vancouver in relation to mrs mon. The chinese wants to add pressure on the canadian government to free mrs mon. The chinese government has been cleared have indicated into pass that If mrs mangas nut returned to china there will be no progress on october. Twenty first the bbc judge will announce a date for when she will finally present her ruling in monks case. If mung loses and ordered extradited to the united states. The canadian government will still have an opportunity to intervene. The final decision in all extradition cases falls to canada's minister of justice the attorney general but the canadian government has been steadfast in its resolve to not get involved despite pressure from a number of former canadian diplomats and parliamentarians to agree to a prisoner swap to trade. Among for the two michaels prime minister justin trudeau has consistently ruled out any intervention. The case that in his words would undermine canada's independent judicial system. The opposition conservative party has expressed a similar position if countries around the world including china realize that by arbitrarily arresting random canadians. They can get what they want out of canada politically well. That makes an awful lot more canadians. Who travel around the world vulnerable to that kind of pressure former ambassador saint. Jacques believes the most plausible resolution lies with the united states. Unconfirmed reports late last year claimed the us justice department was in discussion with monks lawyers on a plea agreement whereby she would admit to some wrongdoing and then be allowed to return to china but those talks as well as a visit to washington last spring by canada's ambassador to china ended without any agreement in the kenyan government by itself cannot do very much to to help to Get the release of the two candidates. Acting efforts need to be made to to put pressure on washington to come up with the solution that would result in misses mom Agreeing to a plea bargain. Today would therefore removed the extradition requests and mrs mung could return to china a wall way. Spokesperson told global news mung has done nothing wrong and therefore there's nothing to admit if a deal can't be struck between the us and mung saint. Jacques fears the case. Could drag on for several more years as mrs mong can. Avail ourselves of appeals We we we have to be real estate at the. She could stay in canada for three four more years. Which means that. The art two canadians will be in jail for quite some time. Michael coverings wife. Veena najibullah hasn't seen her husband for nearly three years. One thousand days since his arrest. It's difficult to fathom being fat off being so removed from everything that he knows coverage spent the first six months of his detention in isolation subjected to daily interogations before being transferred to a regular jail cell about three by three meters in size which he shares with a few other cellmates. he's now permitted limited access to a small number of books and for a few hours each month. He's given a pen and paper to write letters. Those are then handed to canadian. Consular staff who are permitted brief visits about once a month. Those meetings were restricted for a time. During the pandemic. I saw a primary contact remains through consular visits. And they're extremely important Their lifeline to michael. What can we say about his his mindset. How is he doing in there. He has been remarkable He continues to engage in daily regimen of exercise. Elsa meditates does yoga a big part of his day is reading books. That is what's really keeping his spirits up is giving him a window into life outside of his immediate surrounding which is very bleak. He's he's doing. Everything began to stay positive. But of course this is taking a toll i mean. We don't even know the full extent.
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"Exercise tanks artillery and helicopters all opened fire. Soldiers stormed the beaches is glorious soldiers marching to liberate taiwan. And so on. It's so far as that intimidation tactic but time. These are not Time he's very very tough people. I mean these people are a big island or small lining into big neighbour. Very tough neighbors and they just came out with a poll recently from the taiwanese news and they said that it said that over ninety percent of people on this island identify as taiwanese and a fight between the taiwanese people and china could spill far beyond the islands borders an island already determined to defend itself that could bring the us and china to all the reality is that i conflict iva. Taiwan could easily turn into nuclear war to understand why a small island of around twenty four million people risks sparking a world war. We need to quickly go back in time about seventy years china. August nineteen forty-five the defeat of the common enemy. Japan finds key areas of china held firmly by the communists in the late nineteen forties. China was in the midst of a brutal civil war between the ruling nationalists and the communists by nineteen forty nine. The chinese communist party had gained the upper hand taking control of the mainland october. First nineteen forty nine and vaping malcolm inaugurates the so called chinese people's republic a red china that is to emerge as a powerful and ruthless communist coequal of soviet russia. The communist victory celebrated with a display of captured. american arms. has been one in the face of what two years before seemed insurmountable obstacles. The leaders of the chinese nationalist party the komi dong fled to taiwan. The nearby island had been part of japan until the japanese surrender. Taiwan china at the end of the second world war a few years earlier it was mostly used for farming and agriculture. So the chinese nationalists took control of taiwan in nineteen forty nine and declared themselves the rightful rulers of china guangdong rules. Taiwan essentially exile claim that it is the republic of china even though it's only controlling one island on essentially rules that as almost two colonial regime. That's taiwanese historian james lynn. He says after. The nationalist party leaders fled to taiwan. The island quickly became caught up in the cold. War power struggle pitting the us and its allies against the soviet union and communist. China is the point where the united states really begin to see global communism as the largest existential threat to the united states presence in the world. And that's when the united states becomes really involved in protecting taiwan essentially bulwark against communist expansion. And so for the course of the cold war for past seventy years. The united states has been the staunchest ally of taiwan in order to shield. Taiwan from outwitted sees his communist expansion. Because of that american support. The chinese communist party was never able to take control of taiwan and the result has been a decades long stalemate the chinese communist party rules the mainland which it calls the people's republic of china while taiwan's leaders ruled the island which they call the republic of china in the early years both sides in beijing taipei claim to be the one true chinese government so for the early cold war period. This is from roughly. Let's say nineteen forty nine until about the nineteen eighty s or so. I would say that. Taiwan was known to the world as so-called free china and at first because taiwan had the support and recognition of the us and its allies. The island got to represent china on the world stage holding china's seat at the united nations for example but in the nineteen seventies that began to change. The chinese and the soviets had a falling out and the us started cozying up to china. The white house passed a new declaration. It so-called one china policy acknowledging beijing's position that there was only one chinese government in october nineteen. Seventy canada became one of the first western countries to officially recognize the people's republic of china in beijing. And before long the chinese communist party became the internationally recognised ruler of china. And this turning point for taiwan to begins become internationally isolated after that taiwan's status became even more ambiguous and at times confusing. Take for example. The tokyo summer olympics taiwan's men's doubles badminton team. Captured gold defeating the team from china. But because of an earlier agreement to placate the chinese communist party the international olympic committee awarded the gold medal to the team from chinese taipei. The name of the taiwanese capital city. The ioc does not use the taiwanese-flag or it's national anthem or anything. That could identify taiwan as a sovereign nation so instead at the badminton medal ceremony they raised a generic olympic flag and played a traditional flag raising saul even world leaders advocated really appeared to have trouble making sense of taiwan's status in two thousand sixteen incoming. Us president donald trump violated the one china policy by taking a congratulatory phone call from the president of taiwan trump. Then tweeted his. Thanks to the president of taiwan. The chinese government was furious. This was a call put into me. I didn't make the call and it was a call very short. Call saying congratulations sir. On the victory it was a very nice call. I asked taiwanese historian. James lynn to help clear up any confusion. Kind of in very basic terms. Explain in a nutshell. What taiwan is. How what what we're left with a given given that sort of peculiar historical journey in a nutshell might be kind of difficult. I think i think that. We should st taiwan as a decolonizing nation. It's one where it is caught in a current geopolitical struggle from a very powerful neighbour the people's republic of china but it has its own kind of cultural social and political identity that it wants to assert And it wants to be seen as a nation states on the global stage but because of this kind of geopolitical pressure it isn't able to fully be nation state and that's the thing over the past forty years or so amid countless debates over its official international status. Taiwan has grown into a thriving capitalist democracy taipei-based analyst with the global wants within washington. Dc into mcdonagh. Laurie institute it ought to have been in taiwan since two thousand five and prior to moving to taiwan analyst with security service in ottawa. That's j. michael cole. The quebec city native has lived in taiwan for sixteen years. It's very clear to people here and stare proud.
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"Raymond buxton is from north bay ontario. And before buying that dream home in taiwan. He spent five years with the canadian military but his career was cut short in one thousand nine hundred ninety nine. Raymond was serving in indonesia flying in a helicopter. When one of the engines died he crashed into the ocean and broke his back due to his injuries. You was forced to retire so raymond went back to school earned his teacher's license and fell in love with taiwanese woman they got married in. Nineteen ninety eight and decided to move together to taiwan. He says at the time in the late ninety s few.
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"Am feeling very very proud of hong kong today because we have once again Proved that first of all we off. He spoke If there is no police no violence. That is what we have proof today and also We have flu proved our flexibility and our ability to overcome all these challenges that have been thrown into away by the hong kong and beijing government. Ho was born in hong kong but moved to montreal as a child in nineteen eighty eight. She i developed a taste for activism during the quebec referendum in nineteen ninety five the following year. She returned to hong kong to take part in the new talent singing awards. It's an annual televised contest. Sort of like hong kong's version of american idol Talk much to her surprise. Ho won the contest and she chose to remain in hong kong to pursue her musical career. Eventually she became one of the city's biggest pop stars and activists in twenty twelve. She was the first hong kong celebrity to come out as a lesbian. She later became a director of stand news. A pro-democracy digital news outlet and a couple of years ago. Oh even addressed the united nations calling for china to be removed from the human rights council despite being interrupted a couple of times by a chinese diplomat. China is denying its obligations. The one-country-two-systems is nearing steph. Protests are still ongoing. There's a point of order. I give to china for her efforts. Oh has faced both arrest and significant commercial backlash but she soldiered on marching among the crowds at protests after protests calling on the international community including her former home and native land to stand on guard for hong kong really. I think this is a very global issue. That we are facing. There is not enough pressure from whether it's the canadian government or even the british or Everywhere i think i can understand that. The economy and the economic side of things where countries they have been tied With china on on the financial side and then No somehow not these governments. They might think that there is not much they can do. But you know we all this global community and if countries came together to deal with the situation then i think they are things that can be done. Western leaders seemed reluctant to get involved but many voice their support for the peaceful protests in hong kong canadian prime minister justin trudeau said. He was extremely concerned about the situation in hong kong and called for authorities there to listen to the very serious concerns brought forward by chinese citizens a few weeks after that massive protests in august twenty nineteen the hong kong government finally bowed to public pressure and formerly withdrew the extradition bill. A couple of months later in november hong kong held local elections which resulted in a stunning victory the pro democracy opposition in hong kong celebrating a landslide victory in local elections almost three million people. A record seventy one percent of voters went to the polls yesterday pro democracy candidates one eighty percent of the contested district council seats. Denise ho says that record voter turnout was. Thanks in large part to a surge of young hongkongers who had also been a major forest behind the demonstrations in the six months leading up to the election. Seventy three percent of voters under the age of thirty five cast a ballot the highest of any age group. I am so proud of our young generation because they have been leading us into these protests with the courage with The the the fearlessness. Face off the all kinds of police brutality that we have been seeing and so You know personally i. I'm choosing to stand by them and stand with them because they are safeguarding. The future of hong kong which is something that we should have done but after months of pro-democracy protests and that stunning election results in twenty nineteen. The chinese communist party had seen enough and then beijing stephan. That's j. c. Again a hong kong resident from montreal whom we heard from earlier when i first met him twenty nineteen he and many other protesters were happy to provide their names and show their faces for interviews. But not anymore. Jc asked us not to reveal his last name pointing to hong kong's new national security law which he says changed everything it crystallized the fact that we end reach a point of no return. China's national security law went into effect on july first twenty twenty and it dramatically expanded the chinese central government's powers in hong kong. The law covers four key. Areas of criminal activity secession subversion terrorism and collusion with foreign or external forces. Immediately some hongkongers feared the law would empower authorities to arrest anyone who criticized the chinese government but the activists to the legislation was complicated by cova in nineteen j. c. says the pandemic provided cover for beijing to usher in the new legislation without worrying about sparking mass protests or even elections at the end of Twenty nineteen and into twenty twenty. Right we got into kovin and this actually gave a very good excuse for the government to to start by clamping down on any kind of mass gathering and then What was a big sign is that there was supposed to be elections. Which were postponed. And the argument was that we will postpone the elections because of cova. And and little that we knew damn is that it was actually to fully implement does and sal Measures the national security law or nsl also spawned the creation of a new chinese security agency in hong kong which was empowered to investigate cases and bring defendants to trial on the mainland. Those convicted under the nfl face. Maximum sentences of life imprisonment but china's foreign ministry said it would only be used to target very few.
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"Union. Jack was lower. The chinese flag was raised in its place at midnight. The british government officially handed over responsibility for hong kong to the people's republic of china marking end of one hundred and fifty six years of british rule. But there was a catch on. Kong's handover agreement included a constitutional guarantee of special status for hong kong. It's called one country. Two systems chapter one article. Five of the hong kong constitution reads the socialist system and policies shall not be practiced in the hong kong. Special administrative region and the previous capitalist system and way of life shall remain unchanged for fifty years under the agreement on kong would essentially maintain. Its atonomy except in matters of foreign affairs. National defense it. Also guaranteed hongkongers would continue to enjoy democratic freedoms and human rights including freedom of speech assembly and the press hong kong was to be an a wasilla of civil liberties living in the shadow of authoritarian at the handover ceremony. Prince charles gave a speech. Signaling hope for the future. Britain is part of hong kong's history and hong kong is part of britain's history. We are also part of each other's future. We are confident that the ties between us will not only enjoy but will continue to develop and for a time they did. Hong kong prospered as one of the world's major financial hubs nicknamed asia's world city a capitalist gateway connecting communist china to the western world. And as i mentioned under the terms of the handover that one country two systems arrangement was to last for fifty years until twenty forty seven. But today you'd almost never know it but right now it's it's quite dire matt's. Jc he and his wife are canadians from montreal. They've been living in hong kong for twelve years. I i met the couple back in two thousand nine hundred nine when i was sent to hong kong to cover the protests against that proposed extradition bill. Jc and his wife were there fighting for their adopted home. Name must be supported must be helped in keeping the the lifetime they've been having been on. The protests against the extradition law began in march of twenty nineteen with the city at the government headquarters and the demonstrations continued every week for months and grew larger.
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"Two million people a quarter of the city's population march through the streets. And i interview one of the most prominent members of the pro democracy movement then twenty two year old named joshua wong in the reason rally with two people inside dougherty from the generation of baby boomers to manuals from youngster. Elderly from grassroot upper class elites all we strike dougherty and he with alcoa on democracy and freedom by september twenty nineteen it appeared the pro democracy movement had won a major victory. The hong kong government withdrew the extradition bill. The protesters were filled with hope. Well what a difference a couple of years can make. We begin with that breaking news where in beijing china's parliament has reportedly passed a controversial national security law four hong kong dozens of pro democracy advocates for rounded up in simultaneous police raids hong kong democracy activist joshua wong has been arrested are jeff simple senior correspondent for global news and this is china rising episode seven hong kong.
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"Be a good canadian. She says she's been targeted with abuse. Accused of being an agent of the chinese government. Nuff my family members including me. You have any relationship with the communist party of china. I'm not anti china. Amenemhat pro china. I were criticized china's government when they failed in something such as the beginning of the pandemic. But i'm happy to share my experience. China it was not that evil as people imagine here. It has both happy and sad. Memories like we we kinda experiencing any country. Actually most chinese immigrants belong to this category standing in the middle point by the way loss. Otherwise because the media or the public didn't want to hear last year vancouver. Police reported ninety eight anti asian. Hate crimes a seven hundred percent increase. So last march fiona helped to organize an anti asian racism rally in vancouver but further efforts she and others were targeted with online abuse from other members of the chinese community apparently because they'd failed to invite any groups that are openly critical of beijing near four. We might be sent by the chinese government to stir up. Canada through organizing stub asian. Hate ready. I was shocked. I was heartbreaking Trading and agreed. 'cause you know a a silent asian canadians. We need lots of courage to speak up. But this and stigma seriously hurt the chinese community in canada who try to speak up for ourselves. Leo shin is a professor and chinese cultural historian at the university of british columbia. He says many chinese canadians are afraid to share their political beliefs with anyone. Not knowing whether your friends and your neighbors and your acquaintances are monitoring you. We don't know nobody knows. But that's the possibility that he's also. What makes it work. He disagrees with claims that chinese diplomats are quietly pulling the strings behind the scenes but says beijing has shown a keen interest in fiercely controlling the narrative. Both at home and abroad. I don't think the council is giving direct orders but is clearly interested in promoting the story of china and the wider community. Both the chinese communities here and chinese students. They are aware of the interest of the counselor aware of the interest of the chinese government. Anyone who dares to challenge beijing's version risks facing the consequences particularly people who still have family members living in china like anesthesia. Lynn canadian actress and lavina states. Right now We'll past few years. I've been doing a lot of human rights work or on china. The thirty one year old was born in hunan china. Her father was a successful businessman. Her mother a university professor my family. They were in good standing like politically and economically. So they're considering both. My parents were considered the elites of society. Lynn was a good student and from a young age. Her mother encouraged her to become involved in student politics. She was fiercely patriotic leader in the young pioneers. The youth branch of the chinese communist party but after her parents divorced she and her mother emigrated to vancouver when she was thirteen. Let education courses very different and it took me a very long time to learn about the society. So i think that's something that western people who lived in the west. Most of their life sometimes can't really understand is that people moved from authoritarian society into free country. Usually don't just adjust so readily to ideas the freedom that democracy all the process it does take a few years and tape pearson's active research and learning chandler stand society but transition wasn't easy for years during her teens. She would get defensive anytime. Anyone criticized china's communist regime after awhile lynn's mother encouraged her to read canadian and other western newspapers and she came across a story marking the anniversary of hong kong's so-called june fourth incident. That's the day back in nineteen eighty nine. When student protesters took to tiananmen square and the chinese military responded with a brutal bloody crackdown. Any mention of the events of june fourth is strictly censored within china so it was all news to lynn june fourth massacre which event that i had never heard of in china. Ms thirteen years of life and that period of history for the ones who experience at the communist party reaching try to suppress the memory so deep that indignity is sort of bear. But just don't talk about it. An for people like me were born after the seattle massacre which is never heard of this historic event. And so i read. That and i was totally shocked. So i went online and watch more videos issue changed my world you completely and i did more research after that. That research included talking to a crowd of human rights protesters outside the chinese consulate in vancouver. You see them everywhere ash unnoticed because protests happened here so easily people don't appreciate a freedom you can actually gone street and voice your opinion. You know peaceful way without getting killed So i went to talk to you a lot of those people and when to teach meager students..
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"June of that year mass pro. Democracy protests erupted in hong kong. I was sent to the city that summer to report on the story for global news i've covered protests all over the world. But i've never seen anything quite like the demonstrations in hong kong. They dragged on for months at its peak. More than two million people marched through the streets at times. The protests turned violent but for the most part. Demonstrators were remarkably peaceful polite and organized. We'll delve deeper into the situation. Facing hong kong on the next episode of china rising but the protests were sparked by a controversial new law that allows the government to extradite residents of hong kong to face criminal charges in mainland china. Now remember hong kong is supposed to be a semi autonomous city. It was a british territory until nineteen ninety seven when the uk handed over to china but the handover agreement gave the city special status for fifty years that included protections for freedom of speech press and assembly freedoms that are not enjoyed in mainland china critics of the new extradition. Bill worried beijing could use the law to prosecute its political opponents in hong kong and those fears fuelled protests far beyond hong kong's boarders in august two thousand nineteen sherry song helped to organize hong kong pro democracy protests in canada and she gave an interview to a local journalist who was covering the events i was just a regular individual speaking to radio host and regular person who's commenting about my love for hong kong and it was almost an onslaught a wave of online harassment so my twitter was filled with hate and filled with people. I'm calling me names anywhere from democracy playing on democracy of the plan to calling the race. Traitor death wrestle. threats the amount of online violence. Almost immediately after each press interview has made his confirmed by family suspicion. The kind of whispers. I grew up to is the moment you speak out against the party. There will be consequences facing but wong says she mostly shrugged it off. Chalking it up to a bunch of angry online twitter trolls or bought -s until january morning in twenty twenty when the phone rang in her vancouver hotel room and i was very clear indication. Matt i am being threatened. This is a threat to my personal safety. Because of the work that i do and since then i felt various different threats threats death threats that are ongoing but there has been very little action from the law enforcement agencies to help me provide any kind of safety or even a sense of safety. Wong reported the incident police. But says she was told the phrase we're coming for you didn't constitute a clear threat to her safety vancouver. Police told global news it investigated and concluded. No threats were made in a statement a. Police spokesperson said that the hotel had previously been having problems with scammers phoning customers in their rooms. And it's possible. This was another scam. Call wong says complete strangers have since taken photographs of her well in public including once while she was waiting at her local bus stop when she questioned the person she says they took off. Those photographs then appeared online in chat groups on the popular chinese messaging app. We chat along with other personal details. My phone number. My email. My like where i usually show up in my city like my neighborhood. That kind of information was being circulated at these groups to stay in lookout for this The words or race traitor lookout for this race traitor when you see her. In these regions there has been known incidents where activists were beaten on the streets in foreign countries. Their husband disappearances liberal democracies where chinese individuals disappear reappear in china. All of these are real threats. And that's why people aren't willing to speak out. I am scared out of my mind like every day. I am scared out of my mind. Which your sense of where this is coming. It's very complicated. Wong says some of the alleged harassment and intimidation comes from ordinary patriotic members of canada's chinese community guess regular people actually feeling likely to protect the motherland reputation but she also believes she's been targeted by a chinese state-sponsored campaign in may of this year wong and her group allianz canada. Hong kong presented a report to canadian parliament the house of commons committee on canada china relations. It's called in plain sight. Beijing's unrestricted network of foreign influence in canada. The report covers a range of issues and it accuses the chinese communist party of conducting a campaign of surveillance and targeting the chinese diaspora and dissident communities in canada. The c. c. p. has increasingly the sided the overseas communities is a threat to the regime so in some ways we know a lot of these harassment especially some instance where it is very clearly coordinated through consulates through ccp and party and state officials in a statement a spokesperson for the chinese embassy in canada said china has never conducted and we'll never conduct any interference or infiltration against another country calling wong's report errand nonsense cove. Nineteen changed life as we know it. But as the world reopens this moment. Also presents.
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"Lot of what was going. I in vancouver cougars stories and others proved so shocking that in two thousand nineteen. Abc's government appointed a provincial supreme court judge austin colin to launch an inquiry into money laundering in the province. The cullen commission as it's known just wrapped up in april twenty twenty one after hearing testimony from around two hundred witnesses including politicians police officers and gambling officials being quiry also relied on cooper's investigative stories and reporting the title of his book is willful blindness. Why did you. Why did you choose that willful. Blindness is essentially a legal term and basically in my understanding. I wanted to go to law school but didn't do it. But i think i can get this right. It means that people either regulators politicians people with some regulatory authority know that something is occurring. They have a duty to stop it. But for various reasons quite often could be greeter power they turn a blind eye and let it continue and so willful. Blindness didn't just come out of my reading of legal texts. It came from actual documents that they obtained about bc lottery corporation investigations. Where it was written. We should be concerned that the lottery corporation this is the government agency that runs. These casinos will be accused of willful blindness for turning a blind eye to this drug money laundering. It's egregious and beyond that Police police have warned the government that this is occurring it. The drug cash transactions have not been stopped and there are people inside the casinos that are suspected to be working directly with organized crime. Other documents said organized crime has made efforts to take over. Vc casinos this is outright said greed for revenue in bc casinos and really throughout the economy and some ways especially real estate turned a blind eye to this known drug money laundering and the impacts are are just horrific. The colin commission will issue its findings in december. One open question in all of this remains. How does the chinese government. The communist party fit into the equation in the late. Nineteen nineties a joint. Rcmp ceases intelligence report called project concluded that the chinese government and asian criminal gangs were in fact working together in drug smuggling nuclear espionage and other criminal activities that threaten canadian security but at the time. That report was quietly shelved until it was eventually leaked to the globe and mail newspaper in two thousand sparking allegations that ottawa tried to bury the report. So as not to antagonize china at the time the liberal government was trying to encourage more trade deals between the two countries. Some academic and media reports have claimed that beijing occasionally employs triad bosses to work towards shared goals and crackdown on dissent in foreign countries while others condemn those claims as nothing more than unsubstantiated conspiracy theory and they point to chinese president. Xi jinping's massive crackdown on criminal gangs and corruption which was launched in twenty eighteen for his part. Richard fatten the former ceases director whom we met earlier in this episode believes that little happens in xi jinping china without beijing's blessing is organized crime in china controlled entirely by the communist party. I would guess not. But i dare say that. Very little activity that takes place in china that affects their strategic interests. Not you know their everyday interest would be allowed to function at all. So i suspect there's at least some sort of connection between the chinese state in these organizations or if there isn't a connection there is a clear understanding of how far they can go or not go in terms of pursuing their more mercenary insurance and for that reason he and other experts are wary of any secretive organisation with access to extreme wealth and weapons groups like golden touch the chinese government crackdown on the organization a few years ago amid allegations of fraud but it was nonetheless allowed to resume its activities and move its headquarters to canada where it operated under the radar of canadian authorities for years until one of its employees was brutally murdered now more than one year since the death of bo fan in june twenty twenty police say the trail has gone cold rcmp. Sergeant frank jiang says there are no updates no solid leads and little information from members of golden touch. We haven't spoken to a lot of people associated to this group again. Going back to the conjecture. Juries and you know the information coming into our information line the anonymous ones that we can't even follow back on you can tell you can probably sense the frustration in my voice. We we need people to tell us who they are. How they know what they know. And if is in fact true If they believe that there are those in this group that are somehow responsible for both ends murder we need. You need to reach out to us or at least provide a contact number so that we can reach out. Reach back to you right now. We don't have a lot because we haven't spoken to a lot and really There are so many parts of this investigation that is still shrouded in mystery. And we're hoping that there is you know just need one person that can help us pule back. Some of that mystery force on february. Nine twenty twenty one. The director of ceases and a spy agency issued a rare public warning about a covert campaign by the chinese government in canada. These activities are different from the norms of diplomatic activity because it crosses the line by attempting to undermine our democratic processes and threaten our citizens in a covert and clandestine manner will investigate claims that beijing is quietly applying pressure on canadians and their political leaders. And then my father also told me that national security art estate agents came to me and told him that. If i don't stop speaking about politics or humorous related things than my family would be persecuted liking ultra. I think over the course of the last ten or fifteen years. It's become a serious problem. i think. Initially they tried to operate largely with seeing the chinese canadian community. I think they've now broadened out to to deal with anybody they possibly can. I also think they've become more consonant. So they will use whatever that we have to pressure to do what they want you to do. That's next time on china rising. 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"Vaccine candidate in the world but within days of announcing the deal the canadian government learned. There was a hitch. China had blocked the shipments it was supposed to send to canada for the clinical trials initially blaming bureaucratic and paperwork but by august twenty twenty after three months of delays. It became clear. The chinese government had no intention of sending the vaccine to canada though. Beijing denies it. Margaret believes the move was further retaliation for canada's arrest of wa wa mum when joe in december of two thousand eighteen at the request of the united states really one has to conclude that the more engagement. We have china. The more places there are that they can turn the screws and really put us at a disadvantage. Canada waited for its shipment. China was instead sending the can sign biology vaccines to russia saudi arabia and pakistan chinese covid nineteen vaccines have now been shipped to more than eighty countries including a large number of developing nations in eastern europe and latin america gouge included king. A chinese government spokesperson says china is doing its art to positively promote the fair distribution of covid nineteen vaccines across the whole world. Others take a more cynical view. Hello and welcome to this edition of access asia coming up china's vaccine diplomacy is trying to boost the country's image abroad maxine diplomacy as a way to help polish china's image not as a target for criticism of how it handled the pandemic but his savior to lead the world. Out of it. So you can see that they're trying to attract of partnerships in and friendship with those countries trying to punish canada the same time some chinese vaccines have faced criticism for their lower efficacy while chinese state media has responded with criticisms of its own promoting disinformation aimed at undermining trust in western vaccines such as pfizer. Biontech we've seen a lot of evidence from the chinese government. Basically denying that covid came from china blaming the us military we've picked up The chinese basic spreading a falsehoods about a western vaccines that they can't be trusted. Kyle matthews is an expert in online extremism at montreal's concordia university. And he's now part of a team investigating. How covid nineteen conspiracies are spreading. He points to chinese state media articles published online in english blaming the us pfizer vaccine for the deaths of dozens of people in norway. Now there's no mention of how norwegian health authorities investigated and found. No direct link to the injections instead. The article calls for the pfizer vaccine to be suspended for elderly patients where looking at the internet where china's basically saying that you know canada's response to covid shows that the chinese model is better. Democracy doesn't work and also questioning any of the vaccine of vaccines that are approved in canada. Matthews says beijing is using the covid chaos in western democracies as a propaganda opportunity pushing the narrative that the pandemic proved the superiority of its authoritarian model is capable of cracking down on even small outbreaks with tremendous force while suppressing criticisms and disregarding any notion of individual freedoms and beijing's relative success in curtailing. The health crisis is garnering. Plenty of praise from ordinary chinese. Been jiang the calgary father from wuhan whom we met at the beginning of this episode says that last year as canada's covid nineteen case load climbed. He actually considered taking his family. Out of calgary and back to wuhan to be honest with you. Yes we did. We did contemplate on. You know maybe flying back that way Because you know be safer for our kids saver for us. But on her hand. Nino calgary is where our home is. ben says. His friends and family in wuhan didn't just abide by the seventy six day lockdown because they had to but also because they believed in it. I'm not sure. If like we have waited. Takes to to get to the china chinese level. Because i i personally believe that it's because of the the high level of personal engagement that got China to where they are right now race of because everybody buys into the idea they never had any anti mask protests Everybody buys into the idea of personal hygiene social distancing masking and so they were able to to eliminate the the virus in a very short period of time. I think just the way they did. It is pretty pretty amazing when the world's first covid nineteen outbreak struck wuhan in january twenty twenty rattling the country and its government few could have imagined. China would emerge the victor a moral of the story. According to chinese officials china is rising and the pandemic has only accelerated. Its assent coming up later in china rising. We'll explore how the chinese government's handling of the pandemic and questions around covid. Nineteen origin have also revealed a dark underbelly in canada and the united states of hidden hate stomped on spot on murder. All these incidents happening since the beginning of the global covid nineteen pandemic and canada is not immune to the hate. I heard from behind me and shouting china. Japan covid nineteen and anti asian racism. Coming up on china rising. This podcast is written and produced by me. Jeff simple with producers deliver less kes- cameo reserve audio. Editing and sound design is by rob johnston editing assistance from stephanie desouza. You can help me share this podcast by telling a friend. And don't forget to rate and review. China rising on apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen you can find me on twitter at jeff simple g. n. And you can email me at jeff dot sample at global news dot ca. Thanks for listening. And please join me next. Time on china rising. I'm sarah ritchie. I'm a reporter for global news. In halifax i was working the day. Everything changed nova scotia april. My team has spent the last year asking tough questions about how gunmen disguised as a police. 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"Nineteen the idea that this was frozen seafood Imported to china from elsewhere from europe is pretty unlikely considering the closest relatives stars coronavirus to are circulating in the wild and bats in east asia. So i think that again. We can't disprove that hypothesis. It's not off the table. But i just think that that is by far the most unlikely hypothesis. Chinese officials have also suggested without evidence that covid nineteen is an american disease that might have been introduced by members of the united states army who visited wuhan in october of twenty nineteen but angela like a lot of her colleagues believes. The most likely theory is a natural zoonotic origin that cova nineteen transferred from a bat in china to a person either directly or through another animal. If it's a natural origin what what people do need to understand is that this is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Anfield full of haystacks that are also full of other needles. It's really hard to find proof of natural origin. What we need to do is find essentially a very close relative or a direct ancestor of sarah's corona virus to she says that can take years even decades and in the meantime another origin. Theory has recently been receiving a lot of attention. There are growing calls now to investigate the possibility of an accidental leak from a lab in wuhan china. The wuhan institute virology has been studying corona viruses in bats for over a decade. And it's located just a forty minute drive from the wet market where the first cluster of infections emerged but for months that lab league theory was widely ignored with the notable exception of us president. Donald trump who fiercely promoted the idea which was then seen as an effort to distract from his own handling of the pandemic but recent. Us media reports have thrust that theory back into the spotlight after a leaked classified us. Intelligence report found the three researchers at the wuhan lab had been treated in hospital for corona virus like symptoms back in november twenty nineteen just weeks before the outbreak following those revelations us president. Joe biden announced an urgent investigation. That will look into that theory as a possible origin of the disease. Michael perrielli is a gist at the university of michigan. So i think all of those things have kind of said to me. Yeah you know why we cannot rule out at this point a lab accident but again as i said whether it was a lab accident. Door or natural zoonosis. I think that It was a natural virus in other words. The virus may have transferred to a human inside the wuhan laboratory. But he says there's absolutely no evidence to suggest the virus itself was cooked up in a lab. There's been some suggestion that this is a virus. That was deliberately engineered in a laboratory in. And i think that the data supporting that are are not good and and that syria. My view has been thoroughly refuted so if this virus did come out of a laboratory was because that laboratory was studying a naturally occurring virus in someone in that lab accidentally got infected in then was able to to spread it. While scientists and politicians argued about the origins of the pandemic chinese businesses were capitalizing on the chaos in twenty twenty countries around the world witnessed countless businesses close and record high unemployment but china was the only major economy that actually grew last year. Thanks in part to the sudden unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment even before the pandemic china supplied most of the world's p p but last year lows exports skyrocketed around ninety five percent of canada's imported face masks came from china costing around one and a half billion dollars these days china's most popular pandemic export is its covid nineteen vaccinations including one vaccine. That was supposed to be earmarked for canadians. We learned that we need to be much more careful in our collaborations with china. That's margaret mcquaid johnston. She's a senior fellow at the university of ottawa and specializes in china's science technology and innovation policies. For more than forty years margaret was a champion of china. She believed the country's prosperty would eventually spur democratic reform and she fiercely promoted those beliefs holding a number of senior management roles with the ontario and canadian governments and people like myself who have been friends of china for many years are now saying that china has changed and china is no longer the country that we once fell in love with during the final years of her career with the canadian. Government margaret sat on the canada china science and technology committee and she helped to lay the groundwork for what would become canada's covid nineteen vaccine collaboration with a chinese company called can sign biologists. Yeah so. Canada has had a partnership with cancer. I know Make to make vaccines and they really Have used canadian technology as the core to start their vaccine development..
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"Shoe has performed all over the world including in canada and he was traveling in the united states when wuhan was locked down in january twenty twenty three of his colleagues at the wuhan conservatory of music. Died from the virus shoe finally returned home a couple of days after the lockdown ended growing went back to hunt will still not many people on the streets and then and then he was like two weeks later. It was like a to lomo everybody. Allison and Yeah just very exciting. Given the chinese communist party's reputation for fiercely controlling the narrative wuhan's official figures including its death. Toll of around thirty. nine hundred. People should be taken with a large serving of salt. According to a recent analysis by the economist the true death toll is thought to be around. Thirteen thousand four hundred. That's more than three times. The official chinese government figure but while beijing may be downplaying the number of cases and deaths wuhan and china's success overall at stamping out. The pandemic is difficult to deny while much of the world struggled to contain wave after wave of the pandemic wuhan saw its spread of new cases. Slow to a trickle shoe says any time there was a single reported case of covid nineteen chinese authorities cracked down with a heavy hand. Actually really do credit communist party on the controlling. I think whatever they have did dumb scenes. I guess february just very effective. Anyone who went anywhere was required to scan and id code on their smartphone which the government then used to track. Potential cases dot cold is is monitored by the devil in and not say if someone dot ca kovic they will somehow detect everybody. Who's around that area for. Let's say a certain period of time and then all these people would have a different code. We all have. What is your code. Turns into like a yellow. Then you're banned from going to anywhere basically so we all have this coach. I on our cellphone. And it's sort of monitoring everybody basically of no privacy but lights works very well for for this endemic while canadians who potentially been exposed to the virus were typically told to quarantine at home china forest residents into massive stadiums and exhibition halls which were rapidly re purposed into quarantine centres videos on social media. Show chinese police dragging people who'd been potentially exposed or had a fever kicking and screaming out of their homes and into quarantine.
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"Only look down under hugh. Remington is an australian journalist and national affairs editor for the ten network broadcaster in australia. You used to be based in hong kong. Where on the outer with china at the moment. Beijing recently kicked out every single australian journalist working for an australian news outlet in china in just six months last year. The foreign correspondents club of china said beijing. Feld a record seventeen foreign journalists that. There's there's no visible time in the future in current conditions where we're gonna have any journalists going back in the over. The past couple of years to chinese australian journalists and writers have been arrested including chung lay. Who worked for the chinese state broadcaster. She's now charged with spying to ever surprise. she did. She was not a troublemaker. She she broadcast of business program on chinese television There was there was no obvious case. Certain reason being given but she has been in detention australian news outlets top along growing list of ozzy. Industries caught in the political crossfire and so from a timber to lobster to wine to bali and a whole bunch of other commodities that we sell to china We found our exports access being closed off and that is causing a degree of pain. China is by far australia's largest trading partner responsible for about half of all trade so what sparked the spat. What seemed to be. The specific trigger was at a point. Last year with the whole world was dating with the pandemic the prime minister of Scott morrison really got out a little ahead of everyone else and said publicly that he thought they should be an independent global inquiry into the sources of the pandemic. Now this might seem an absent. Young remarkable statement to make if you've got a pandemic that shutting down the global economy that's causing untold human suffering. That it would be a reasonable thing for the base for the benefit all the world to find out where it came from but this is a hot spot it is. It is a do not cross the line moment for china and they saw this as being a an insult and almost immediately there were consequences. Starting deflector chinese officials recently provided australian reporters with a list of fourteen grievances. Reasons why beijing is angry with canberra besides calling for an inquiry on the source of the pandemic. Chinese officials also pointed to australia's decision to ban. Wa- alway the chinese telecom company from its five g rollout and a new law banning foreign interference australian politics which beijing said was targeting china in the absence of any evidence when there are criticisms that need to be made about china people from the australian experience that it's unwise to go as a single nation and criticized china because you'll be picked off so as a result. Western allies are now locking arms. We have to have the monkeys working together. Us president joe biden is focused on building a coalition of countries to stand up to china. Invite an alliance democracies to come here to discuss future. And so we're gonna make it clear that in order to deal with these things we're going to hold china accountable to follow the rules. One example of that coordinated response in march of this year the us eu uk and canada came together to pass joint economic sanctions targeting a number of chinese officials for their alleged roles in persecuting wieger minority. Can you just introduce yourself. So we have a two on the record. I'm stephen lee. Myers the beijing bureau chief for the new york times now based in seoul and in case you were wondering why the new york times beijing bureau chief is based in south korea I've been a little more than a year now. They kicked us out. In march of twenty twenty myers and his american colleagues at the new york times the wall street journal and the washington post were all expelled from china year. Collateral damage in a spat between beijing and then. Us president donald trump but his predecessor us. President joe biden seems less interested in challenging china alone. The biden administration perhaps wisely as thought that the united states can't take on china by itself but would do better with its european allies. Its asian allies and has been. I think steadily quietly trying to explorers explore ways that jointly collectively they can bring pressure on china to change its behavior. China sees that as an inevitable threat is doing. Its best to try to block that you know to split the allies when they can and but are also very happy to compete in show that they have their own allies that they can turn to. Russia is principal one but also across africa pakistan. It's its immediate neighbours. China feels like it has a lot of allies doesn't really have to bow to the united states and its friends to to meet their demands for some watching china and the united states to superpowers with opposing worldviews building. Coalitions against each other feels ominously familiar. Usa is china a new cold war. China's wolf warrior diplomacy and growing tensions over the status of hong kong taiwan and the south china sea of sparked a debate over whether the world is heading towards another cold. War myers was based in russia for the new york times before he relocated to china a few years ago and he believes the cold war analogy has merit albeit with one key difference. There are elements of this kind of cold war geopolitical competition. It's militarily it's economically. I mean one huge difference. I think is that in. Before in the cold war you had the soviet bloc which was effectively cut off from the rest of the world but really you had two separate systems in the world is just much more integrated now and for that reason. Biden strategy of alliance building is already showing some cracks. Germany for example is rebuffing. The idea the chinese market is just too important for german automakers and after china banned barley imports from australia. The chinese government started buying from canadian farmers. Instead those farmers are now enjoying record sales and so i think it would be much more difficult to decouple. They sometimes are like create this divided world again where you have people on one side of the other because you know the relationships are always be much more entangled so the question in this new new kind of cold war is how how do they. The political deal political conflicts spillover into the areas where you do have this integration. In the meantime china is building. Its own alliances.