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Part 1: Oh Great, Now Chi­na Hates Us

On Decem­ber 1st, Cana­da arrest­ed Huawei exec­u­tive Meng Wangzhou at the behest of the Unit­ed States. Ten days lat­er, Chi­na detained Cana­di­an for­mer diplo­mat Michael Kovrig, and a few days after that, we learned of anoth­er Cana­di­an detained named Michael Spa­vor. Then, Chi­na dragged Cana­di­an Robert Lloyd Schel­len­berg out of a Chi­nese prison and re-tried him for drug smug­gling charges for which he’d already been con­vict­ed. Fif­teen years in prison was changed to a death sen­tence in a one-day tri­al with no jury.
With ten­sions ris­ing, it may be more impor­tant than ever for Cana­di­ans to under­stand Chi­na. The Star Vancouver’s deputy bureau chief Joan­na Chiu takes us through var­i­ous forces stand­ing in the way — a lack of under­stand­ing of Chi­nese media among Eng­lish Cana­da, the misog­y­nis­tic cul­ture of the for­eign press in Asia and gov­ern­ment con­trol over Chi­nese social media, even in Canada.

Plus, she talks about her team’s recent scoop that Karen Wang, the Lib­er­al can­di­date for the Burn­a­by South byelec­tion, attacked Jag­meet Singh for being of Indi­an descent” on WeChat. Wang resigned after that story.

Joanna’s study for PEN, For­bid­den Feeds: Gov­ern­ment Con­trols On Social Media In China.
Joanna’s piece for For­eign Pol­i­cy, Sex­pat Jour­nal­ists Are Ruin­ing Asia Cov­er­age
Cor­rec­tion: This post said Schel­len­berg was orig­i­nal­ly sen­tenced to four­teen years in prison. It was fifteen.

Part 2: #196 Naughty Daugh­ter

As the Trudeau gov­ern­ment trum­pets its track record on sup­port­ing women’s rights abroad, new­born chil­dren con­tin­ue to be sep­a­rat­ed from their par­ents right here in Canada. 

Eri­ca Ifill co-hosts.