The ‘Penny Has Dropped’: Liberal Government Throne Speech Signals New Direction on China, Analysts Say
Professor Paul Evans analyzes the Liberal government’s usage of the term “Indo-Pacific” in their crown speech, and what it indicates about the future direction of Canada-China relations.
In this virtual event, Professor Paul Evans was featured as a panellist to discuss the political and economic goalposts that anchor Ottawa’s strategy in East Asia and the Pacific, how it has or has not defined the means for achieving them, and where the demand is, if any, for Canada to step up and articulate its relevance.
Professor Paul Evans was featured as a panelist in this virtual Q&A Town Hall event hosted by the Munk School of Public Policy, questioning whats next for Canada-China relations following the return of the two Micheals.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans is quoted on a story about four submersibles from the U.K. and Ottawa’s choices to strengthen its fleet in the Pacific.
Following Canada’s long fight with China over the imprisonment of the Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, Professor Paul Evans argues that Canada’s recent usage of the label “Indo-Pacific” rather than “Asia-Pacific” signifies Canada taking a tougher stance towards future relations with China.
Experts are discussing the motives behind a Chinese Communist-run company publishing book co-authored by Pierre Trudeau. Professor Paul Evans argues that it is doubtful the offer to translate and publish the book had anything to do with attempting to influence the Trudeau sons.
Professor Paul Evans speaks in an interview regarding the Canadian election and the country’s China policy. (Video in Chinese).
With the withdrawal of the United States and its allies from Afghanistan, China is stepping into the void to exert influence on the troubled country. Professor Paul Evans states that avoiding spillover of terrorist groups into China is the number one priority.
With a federal election on the horizon, Professor Paul Evans remarks on, what he dubs, a “febrile moment in Canada–China relations.” Canada’s strategic silence on several controversial issues may be forced to an end, he writes in East Asia Forum.
Professor Paul Evans and MPPGA Alumni Darren Touch were quoted on China’s “hostage diplomacy” following Canadian businessman Michael Spavor’s sentencing for alleged espionage. (Article in Spanish).
After a B.C. Supreme Court ruling last week stopped Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou from submitting new evidence in her own extradition case, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans says that more are recognizing that the current government approach is not working.
“Criticism crosses a threshold when it sensationalizes Chinese actions and stigmatizes individuals or groups with connections to China.” Read the op-ed Professor Paul Evans co-authored on navigating tensions between Canada and China.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans was featured in an episode of Counterpoint to discuss the rising trade tensions between Canada, China, and the U.S., as well as how the breakdown in Canada/China diplomacy occurred.
“The tone is different, but the bigger picture of framing China as an adversary has little difference between the Trump and Biden administration.” SPPGA Prof Paul Evans gave comments about vaccine politics on an episode of CBC On The Coast.
Alberta Calls for National Security Rules for Academics to Prevent Intellectual Property Transfer to China
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans gave comments on the Albertan government’s decision to suspend its four major universities from pursuing partnerships with people or organizations linked to Beijing or the Chinese Communist Party (paywall).
Professor Paul Evans says although Canadian security agencies have identified some concerns, research collaboration arrangements with China are widely valued and facilitate advanced research and training.
Professor Paul Evans appeared in a Special Committee on Canada-China Relations hosted this week by the House of Commons. He spoke on Canadian universities being a foundation of engagement between the two nations. Segment starts at 19:30.
As Michael Spavor awaits his verdict, SPPGA Prof Paul Evans comments on the possibility of being put into the broader Chinese prison system, which would simplify visitations.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans was quoted in an article regarding the upcoming trials of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.
In its 14th five-year plan, China laid out its vision for how the country’s post-pandemic recovery can help assert its economic rise. Professor Paul Evans is quoted in The Logic on the US-China power struggle.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans describes the relationship between China and Canada as a “painful moment,” and believes that a new and more active way of engaging discussion surrounding China is important for redefining the bilateral relationship.
On the podcast show, The Shift, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans talks about the on-going dispute in the South China Sea and how that impacts the global economy, and why it should matter to Canada.
What does it mean for Ottawa’s already fragile diplomatic relationship with China? Hear from SPPGA Professor Paul Evans.
Professor Paul Evans discusses what this could mean for trade, resources, and international relations.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans states that given the country’s history, Canada would be on firmer ground “to attract others to this cause if we labelled Chinese actions as ‘cultural genocide'”.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans comments on the debate of whether China’s treatment of its Uighur minority meets the definition of genocide, as politicians call for a relocation of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Professor Paul Evans comments on the new Canadian-led international declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes (Cantonese).
“Outgoing Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil had some provocative advice recently.” Professor Paul Evans comments on what he calls Mcneil’s “textbook” China strategy.
“The Canadian prime minister was using his father’s playbook when it came to China. But the game has changed.” Professors Paul Evans and Yves Tiberghien (SPPGA Faculty Associate; Political Science) share their insights.
“As we start to co-operate with the U.S., it is crucial we don’t just do it bilaterally.” SPPGA Professor Paul Evans gave comments on the future of U.S.-Canada-China relations, particularly in human rights and democratic development affairs.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans is hopeful that the Biden administration can bring U.S. back into institutions, he says in response to Biden’s pledge on a “united front of friends and partners to challenge China’s abusive behaviour.” (paywall)
The Calgary Zoo says goodbye to its two pandas due to a shortage of bamboo. Prof. Paul Evans comments on the departure of the pair that symbolized the friendship between Canada and China as they return to Beijing.
The Biden administration may take a less confrontational approach with China as a rival and strategic competitor, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans says, in relation to the testimony and extradition case of the Huawei Executive, Meng Wenzhou. Read more at CBC.
After hitting pause on aluminum tariffs, Trump looks to collaborate with Canada on 35 ‘critical minerals’
“Increasing Canada’s dependence on the U.S. in order to ‘thwart China’ carries its own risks.” Professor Paul Evans comments on the Trump administration taking steps to strengthen the two countries’ collaboration on critical minerals. More at Regina Leader-Post.
The detention of Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei has highlighted the risk to foreign nationals from so-called “hostage diplomacy”. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans asserts that detention is a cruel and counterproductive tactic in the South China Morning Post.
It has become increasingly clear that Canada’s relationship with China is experiencing unprecedented strain. Will a shift in Canada’s approach be enough to mitigate the bilateral conflict, or do our country’s leaders need to adopt a new strategy? Experts from across the country, including SPPGA Professor Paul Evans, virtually discus their priorities for a re-imagined approach to Canada-China relations.
Erin O’Toole’s successful campaign as leader of Canada’s Conservative Party could precede an even tougher approach to Beijing. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans weighs in at South China Morning Post.
Lawyers for Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou urged Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes to release 37 key documents that could show that the RCMP violated Meng’s rights when they arrested her in 2018. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans speaks with The Logic.
In this The Globe and Mail article, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans speaks to Canada’s diplomatic trajectory with Beijing following the escalating U.S.-China tensions, necessitating a mutually benefitting cooperation that defends Canadian interests and core values.
Huawei is merely the beginning of what could be a techno-nationalistic competition, observes SPPGA Professor Paul Evans in this South China Morning Post article examining the Canadian dilemma in between the U.S.-China rivalry.
The escalating tensions between the U.S. and China over the Huawei extradition case has left Canada trapped in a political impasse. In an article for the East Asia Forum, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans examines Ottawa’s diplomatic approach to the CCP government, the two Michaels’ detention, and the challenges ahead.
Chinese and Indian soldiers were killing each other in a bloody border clash. Hong Kong passed a new security law that empowers Beijing to potentially arrest and detain anyone. In the wake of controversy, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans asks, “What does it mean to be a friend of China?” in New Bloom.
Amid concerns from western countries around China’s interferences in their national affairs, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans counsels against forming assumptions solely based on Australia’s data and examples of foreign interference. These interference activities are comparatively rare in Canada, says Professor Evans in this Global News article.
Amid the COVID-19 situation, questions around international student recruitment for Canadian universities are raised. In this Times Higher Education article, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans speaks to the lack of collective effort across Canada in addressing the mechanics of bringing overseas students into the country during a global health crisis.
The deepening strategic rivalry between China and the United States has military, diplomatic, ideological, trade, financial and commercial dimensions.
Find a compilation of SPPGA Professor Paul Evans’ media appearances from various news outlets speaking on the Huawei Extradition Ruling. Media appearances range from May 27 onwards.
While most Canadian leaders have taken a quiet approach towards Beijing’s early handlings of COVID-19, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney openly criticizes the CCP government for their ‘significant role’ in the current global public health and economic devastation. In this The Globe and Mail article, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans comments on Kenney’s ‘surprising and inflammatory remarks’, pointing out that an independent inquiry is necessary, but ‘at the right time and in the spirit of scientific discovery’.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans is quoted in a The Star article examining Ottawa’s quiet approach towards Beijing’s early handlings of COVID-19. Despite allegations made by Canada’s allies against China for covering up the spread of the coronavirus, Professor Evans suggests that it is in Canada’s best interest to steer clear of such sentiments given the strained diplomatic relationship between Ottawa and Beijing.
Researchers say images, documents sent between international users are being used to train the app’s censorship algorithm. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans comments for CBC.
A statement from the Chinese consulate in response to Kenney’s tweet called on ‘local politicians’ to ‘immediately stop interfering in China’s internal affairs’. SPPGA Professor, Paul Evans and SPPGA Faculty Associate (& Political Science Professor), Yves Tiberghien weigh in on several outlets, including the National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Windsor Star, Star Phoenix, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, The Province, and MSN.
“If we line up with the Americans fully on the Huawei decision… it is hard seeing that working well for us striking bargains with China on the hostages,” states SPPGA Professor Paul Evans to Maclean’s Magazine regarding the two Canadians currently being detained by China.
Tory Questions Turning House Canada-China Group Into ‘Committee for Un-Canadian Activities,’ Says Witness
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans weighs in on a Special House Committee on Canada-China Relations in Ottawa.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans testified at a panel in Ottawa on February 24th at the Special Parliamentary Committee on Canada-China Relations by video conference.
A top executive battles extradition from Canada, but Chinese tech giant gains elsewhere. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans speaks Huawei and China-Canada relations.
The following is a compilation of media appearances by SPPGA Professor Paul Evans from January 20 – 21. Professor Evans speaks on the different phases of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing. January 21 CGTN January 20 Financial Times (Subscription only)
In an interview with CGTN, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans speaks to the complexity of double criminality, and the impact of Meng Wanzhou’s extradition process on Chinese-Canadian relations.
Daughter of telecom group chief heads to Vancouver court as Canadians held in China. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans weighs in.
In a CBC News article, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans speaks to the ongoing Huawei incident, claiming that the 5G decision, Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and Huawei’s involvement in Canada are three separate entities and thus should not be considered as one.
In a podcast with BBC World Service, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans speaks to the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, and its ensuing impacts on Chinese-Canadian relations.
Presentation to the Institute of East Asian Studies Colloquium, University of California at Berkeley, 3 December 2019. Reconstructed (and elaborated) 17 December 2019.
There’s support for contact with China despite worries and uncertainties and a lack of trust in the US, a UBC survey reveals.
In a CBC article, Professor Paul Evans says those considering travel to the totalitarian country might want to mind their behaviour and personal safety.
UBC SPPGA Professor Paul Evans and Political Science Professor Xiaojun Li’s, National Opinion Survey on Canadian Public Attitudes on China and Canada-China Relations, was referenced in Yahoo News, LTN News, Radio Free Asia, World Journal, INA News, DW News, and Ming Pao Daily News, in continued discussion regarding Chinese-Canadian relations amidst rising tensions.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans and Political Science Professor Xiaojun Li’s National Opinion Survey on Canadian Public Attitudes on China and Canada-China Relations is referenced in an article by The Star. The article draws on data from the report in their discussion regarding the debate on whether or not to ban Huawei Technologies amidst their development of 5G infrastructure.
UBC SPPGA Professor Paul Evans and Political Science Professor Xiaojun Li’s, National Opinion Survey on Canadian Public Attitudes on China and Canada-China Relations, is referenced in a broadcast for Fairchild Radio. Audio is available in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Commenting on the relationship between Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Chinese technology company Huawei, The Globe and Mail draws on the 2019 National Opinions Survey conducted by SPPGA Professor Paul Evans and Political Science Professor Xiaojun Li.
As federal employees express concern over the invasive nature of ‘insider threat’ training, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans says security concerns need to be addressed in a way that respects individual integrity and privacy rights.
National Survey Results and Findings on Canadian Public Attitudes on China and Canada-China Relations
In a newly released National Opinion Survey, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans and Political Science Professor Xiaojun Li examine current Canadian public attitudes towards China. Despite recent diplomatic rifts between the two states, the researchers find that public attitudes have remained stable and overall supportive of continued contact at with China despite significant worries and uncertainties about China and a lack of trust in the United States.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans shares his insights on the China impasse and advises Canada to avoid public confrontation with the Beijing government and consider other deals to lessen diplomatic tensions.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans shares his insights on the Huawei CFO hearings and the escalating tensions between Canada and China in a podcast by CBC Radio.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans sheds light on Canada’s deteriorating relations with China in regards to the political unrest in Hong Kong, the city with the most Canadian residents in Asia.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans shared his insights on Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest under a warrant for extradition to the United States.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans and Faculty Associate Brian Job commented on the charges laid against Cameron Ortis, a former PhD student at UBC, for allegedly breaching Canada’s secrets law. Paul Evans was also featured in the Canadian Press via National Post, CTV, Toronto Sun, and the Edmonton Journal.
Brian Job appeared in the Globe and Mail, CBC, Postmedia via National Post, and The Province.
Radio-Canada quoted Professor Paul Evans in an article about WeChat, a messaging and social media app mainly used in China, and its possible role in the upcoming federal election.
Canadians in Hong Kong Urged to Vote in Federal Election with an Eye on Party Policies Toward Territory and China
Canadians in Hong Kong are being urged to vote in the Canadian federal election based on policies towards the Asian region. Professor Paul Evans says many in Hong Kong see limited options for impact from foreign countries.
SPPGA Professor Paul Evans talks freedom, democracy and Hong Kong’s autonomy. Read more from the Vancouver Sun.
Professor Paul Evans weighs in on the role of former diplomats involved in foreign-policy discourse in light of curbs set by Ottawa and Chrystia Freeland. (paywall)
With China cutting meat imports from Canada ahead of the G20 summit, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans predicts that things are likely to get worse for Canada in dispute over arrest of Huawei CFO (Paywall).
“At this turbulent moment in Canada-China relations, it is critical for Canadians to have a deeper understanding of the origins, ambitions and dimensions of Made in China 2025” writes Professor Paul Evans for the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou described her house arrest in a multi-million dollar Vancouver home as “restricted to a limited space”. This is a stark contrast from the situation of the two Canadians detained in China, Professor Paul Evans tells Reuters.
Relations between Canada and China are the iciest they’ve been since Tiananmen Square in the 1970s, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans tells Global News.
Paul Evans, a professor at the SPPGA, spoke to Reuters about Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s intention to seek a stay of extradition. Articles appeared on CNBC, Business Insider, Asia One, Yahoo, and other outlets.
The extradition of Meng Wanzhou is a process that could last for months, possibly years. According to SPPGA Professor Paul Evans, who was recently interviewed by NPR, many Canadians feel that Canada has been unwittingly dragged into the conflict between the U.S. and China
Canada-China tensions might have led to a deterioration of Canadian opinions of China, but Canadians still support free trade agreements between the two nations. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans was recently featured in a Ming Pao article (Chinese only).
Following the start of the extradition process for Huawei Executive, Meng Wanzhou, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans comments on Canada’s fear of being pulled into the vortex of the US-China “Cold War”.
Read the February 2019 UBC Report on Canadian Public Attitudes on China & Canada-China Relations here.
In the midst of tense China-Canada relations, some fear that fewer Chinese students will choose to enroll in Canadian universities. SPPGA Faculty Associate Yves Tiberghien and Professor Paul Evans say that credit risk worries over Chinese citizens studying at Canadian universities are unwarranted. This story also appeared in the Ming Pao (Chinese only).
Supporters of Meng Wanzhou and critics of China’s response to the case are both in disbelief as Meng’s extradition hearing is underway. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans was quoted in the Vancouver Sun about the mixed emotions concerning China.
With the Meng Wanzhou extradition case in progress, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans discusses the possibility of mounting retaliation amidst the currently tense Canada-China relations (Chinese only).
The Australian government has been standing up to China’s demands. Should Canada follow suit?
Sending governmental envoys to China may not be the most productive way to repair Canada-China relations, in light of the Meng Wangzhou case. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans explains the situation to Fairchild Radio (Cantonese only).
In the wake of the Huawei CFO scandal, SPPGA Professor Paul Evans outlines the potential impacts this could have on Canada-China relations.
The dispute over Huawei, involving the United States and Canada on the one side and China on the other, could lead to a new kind of Cold War according to this The Globe and Mail op-ed. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans is quoted in the discussion.
Canada’s attempts to diffuse tensions with China deteriorates following the firing of Ambassador John McCallum, and is what SPPGA Professor Paul Evans calls the “most difficult and emotional moment in Canada-China relations in 30 years.”
Twenty undeclared missile bases were recently found in North Korea. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans sits down with Voice of America’s Ira Mellman to discuss this issue. Listen to the interview here:
A recent article published by The Ubyssey highlights the role of UBC as a leader in international diplomacy and building connections in the global community. SPPGA faculty Yves Tiberghien, Knowledge Partnership Program (KPP) co-founders Paul Evans and Kyung Ae-Park, and Moura Quayle are among those featured as the forefront of this movement.
With the recent death sentence of Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, China has denied Canadian officials’ call for clemency on his case. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans discussed the issue with CTV’s Don Martin (interview starts at 35:35). Dr. Evans also talks about the escalating turn of events in a BBC News article (Chinese only).
Despite the fact that Canada-China relations are rather tense at the moment, Canadian MPs and Senators are still going ahead with their upcoming visit to China. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans says that this is the right move, and that Ottawa should be openly communicating with China.
China’s burgeoning space program has made history, by landing a rover on the far side of the moon. Professor Paul Evans talks about this incredible accomplishment for a latecomer to space exploration.
Trudeau Denies Political Involvement in Huawei Executive’s Arrest, as Canada Waits to See If China Will Retaliate
Huawei top executive Meng Wanzhou was recently arrested in Vancouver, and she may be facing extradition to the United States on suspicions of violating sanctions against Iran. SPPGA Professor Paul Evans posits that although China may understand Canada’s role as an ally to the US, they may see it as a “hostage-taking.” This story was ran in The Cochrane Times-Post.