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Australia has hit out at "needlessly" worsening relations with China, with the country's prime minister appealing for smaller nations not to be caught in the crossfire of Sino-US rivalry.
Three prominent Hong Kong activists are facing jail after pleading guilty on Monday to inciting an "illegal assembly" outside the city's main police station during last year's huge pro-democracy protests.
A Canadian police officer involved in the arrest of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou has testified that US authorities never asked for the passwords to her electronic devices – but he still took delivery of them from a border officer on the day of Meng’s arrest.The handover breached Canada’s privacy laws, the Supreme Court of British Columbia has previously heard. Meng’s lawyers have depicted the move as part of a covert evidence-gathering exercise, conducted on behalf of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, as they seek to have Meng’s extradition thrown out on the grounds that her rights were violated.Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer, was detained at Vancouver’s airport on December 1, 2018, at the request of the US, which accused her of defrauding HSBC by lying about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran – thus putting the bank at risk of breaching US sanctions there. Meng denies the charges.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Gurvinder Dhaliwal, testifying in the extradition case on Monday, said that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) tried to rectify the blunder more than a week after Meng’s arrest, when it asked for the passcodes to be returned. Canadian MPs join campaign to release Meng Wanzhou, citing SinophobiaBut it was too late – they had already been filed with the BC court system, Dhaliwal told Canadian government lawyer John Gibb-Carsley, representing US interests in the case.Dhaliwal said that CBSA officer Nicole Goodman telephoned him and “indicated to me that these codes were given in error to us”.“She was asking if they could get them back, but I said no, you would not be able to get them back yet,” Dhaliwal recalled.But he denied ever using the passcodes to gain access to Meng’s devices, which were seized during the CBSA examination before Meng’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport. Nor did he pass them to American law enforcement, Dhaliwal said.The devices included an iPhone, a Huawei phone, an iPad, an Apple laptop and a memory stick.In taking delivery of the passwords from the CBSA, Dhaliwal is a key figure in the Meng legal team’s argument that there was a deliberate attempt to use the pre-arrest border examination to help the US fraud case against Meng.Dhaliwal said that after Meng’s arrest, CBSA officer Scott Kirkland gave him a piece of paper containing Meng’s passwords, along with Meng’s devices. Dhaliwal said he “absolutely did not” ask for the passcodes, although he did not say anything in objection at the time.“I didn’t even think about it. I just put them with the phones,” he said. He said he assumed the note and the devices would eventually be returned to Meng.Kirkland has testified that he obtained the passwords as part of Meng’s immigration examination, but that it was a “heartbreaking” mistake to have given them to the RCMP. Canada border agent ‘falsified account of questioning’, Meng lawyer claimsDhaliwal said on Monday that after the arrest, Meng’s file was transferred to the RCMP’s financial integrity unit because of the case’s complexity. Ben Chang, a staff sergeant in the unit who has since retired, sent Dhaliwal an email saying the FBI had requested information about Meng’s devices.“I just spoke with [FBI] Legat John Sgroi,” Chang wrote to Dhaliwal on December 4, three days after the arrest. “They are requesting the descriptions and lists of the devices (with ESN, make model) we seized from MENG.” ESN refers to electronic serial number.Chang says in an affidavit that he “believes” the FBI requested “identifying information from the electronic devices seized from Ms Meng”.But he also said in the affidavit that “[as] I was never asked for the identifying information by [any] member of the FBI, or any other member of any other United States authorities, this information was never shared”.He is now refusing to testify about the apparent contradiction.Chang moved to the Chinese gambling hub of Macau after retiring from the RCMP in 2019; Canada’s Department of Justice cited “witness safety” when it tried to prevent Meng’s lawyers from seeing notes about an interview with him.In cross examination, Meng’s lawyer Scott Fenton focused on Dhaliwal’s failure to take notes about discussions of the various alternative ways that Meng could have been arrested, such as on the jetway or on the plane, instead of after the hours-long immigration examination.“Did it not occur to you, in the middle of planning this high-profile address, that it might be a good idea to take notes,” Fenton asked. “There were discussions,” Dhaliwal responded.Dhaliwal said he believed the warrant’s order to arrest Meng “immediately” had been complied with. But he told Fenton he had not read the arrest warrant before Meng was detained.Although he said doing so would only have taken him “two seconds”, he believed this task fell on his partner Constable Winston Yep as the primary officer, who would go on to actually arrest Meng.Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes adjourned the hearing until Tuesday morning.The extradition hearings are expected to last well into next year, and appeals could drag out the process for years beyond that. Meng is living under partial house arrest in one of the two houses she owns in Vancouver.Meng’s treatment has infuriated China. Soon after her detention, Beijing arrested Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and accused them of spying. Ottawa considers the arrests are retaliatory and both men to be victims of hostage-taking.More from South China Morning Post: * Canada feared for safety of Macau-based witness who refuses to testify in Meng Wanzhou extradition case * Retired Canadian police officer refuses to testify at Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearingThis article Canadian officer says US never asked for Meng Wanzhou’s electronic passwords – but he took them ‘without thinking’ first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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US president-elect Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of state is seen as a moderate and someone Beijing could work with, Chinese analysts say, as China watches for clues on the future direction of the relationship.Biden announced on Monday that he has nominated Antony Blinken, his foreign policy adviser, to be America’s top diplomat.Analysts say the choice could lead to a change in tack on Washington’s China policy, which has seen worsening tensions between the world’s two largest economies under President Donald Trump, as they head towards what some call a “new Cold War”.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Jia Qingguo, an international relations professor at Peking University, said Blinken may be an official China can work with to stabilise relations.“But whoever is appointed the next secretary of state will be better than the current one,” Jia said, referring to Mike Pompeo, a China hawk and target of frequent attacks in Beijing’s state media outlets.“China is not expecting a pro-China secretary of state. China expects someone who can deal with US-China relations in a sensible way that serves US interests,” he said. “As long as it’s done in a sensible way, there are plenty of issues the US could work on with China that will suit both of their interests.”Blinken would be likely to bring Washington back to its post-war international strategy of advancing American interests by maintaining a world order that is favourable to the US – which would mean a more predictable China policy than under Trump, he said.Lu Xiang, a US affairs specialist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Blinken as secretary of state would be a positive move for Beijing.“With his experience, Biden is likely to make some important decisions on foreign policy,” Lu said. “Blinken is not a charismatic or provocative type, but he’s a pragmatic type … if he gets confirmed, I will personally see it as good news.”Blinken, 58, is a long-time adviser to Biden, including as his top aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as national security adviser from 2009 to 2013, while Biden was vice-president.As Barack Obama’s deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017, Blinken met top Chinese diplomats including Yang Jiechi, now a Politburo member and the Communist Party’s top diplomat, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.He also met Tsai Ing-wen at the State Department headquarters in 2015, when she was a presidential candidate – she was elected Taiwan’s leader in 2016. Amid warming relations between the US and Taiwan, Hsiao Bi-khim, the island’s representative in Washington, spoke with Blinken by phone last week to congratulate Biden on his election win. US admiral’s undercover visit to Taiwan certain to annoy ChinaBlinken said earlier that Biden would engage China from a “position of strength” and focus on restoring US democracy and its relations with allies.He has also acknowledged the bipartisan view of China as a major challenge, and pledged to get US allies on board to confront Beijing on issues such as trade practices.“When we’re working with allies and partners, depending on who we bring into the mix, it’s 50 or 60 per cent of GDP. That’s a lot more weight and a lot harder for China to ignore,” he said during a July event at the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank.At the same event, he also named climate change as “a number one priority” in foreign relations under Biden. During his campaign, Biden said climate change was a key area for cooperation with Beijing.However, Blinken, like others on Biden’s foreign policy team, has more experience in the Middle East than US-China relations, according to Lu.“Blinken and [Jake] Sullivan contributed a lot to the Iran nuclear talks in open negotiation and the back-door diplomacy before it,” said Lu, referring to the Obama administration’s deal with Iran in 2015, which Trump pulled out of in 2018.“It remains to be seen if that experience will be useful for US-China ties,” he said.Sullivan, a State Department veteran, is Biden’s nominee for national security adviser.But Lu also noted Blinken’s hawkish remarks on technology, and his reference to China as a “techno-autocracy”.“We have to do a much better job in leading, coordinating, working with the other techno-democracies to make sure that we carry the day and not China,” Blinken said during an interview with CBS News in September.More from South China Morning Post: * Don’t assume US-China relations will get better under Joe Biden, government adviser warns * China supports European push for ‘strategic autonomy’, Wang Yi says * Joe Biden will nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state * Joe Biden’s foreign policy picks signal shift from Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ approach * China’s Wang Yi heads to Tokyo to ‘test the waters’ with Japan PM Yoshihide SugaThis article US-China relations: Biden’s pick for secretary of state seen as ‘someone Beijing can work with’ first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Hong Kong police arrested an elderly taxi driver and a motorist in a Lamborghini after the two had a fight in the middle of a road in the early hours of Tuesday.The pair came to blows at the junction of Chatham Road South and Gascoigne Road in Yau Ma Tei shortly before 1am, after the sports car had driven into the back of the cab.According to police, the taxi was slowing down as it approached the junction and the sports car failed to brake in time and rammed into it.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Neither the 29-year-old driver of the Lamborghini, nor the 81-year-old cabby, were seriously hurt in the incident.“The two drivers were suspected of fighting each other in a dispute over the issue of compensation [for the collision],” police said in a statement.Officers were called and arrested the two men on suspicion of fighting in a public place.The two motorists suffered minor injuries in the altercation, and were taken to the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.Separately, a 47-year-old man escaped serious injury when his car smashed through railings, crashed 20 metres down a hill and turned upside down in Sha Tin around 2am.The vehicle was travelling along the Sha Tin Heights section of Tai Po Road, heading toward Kowloon at the time of the incident. A 20-metre stretch of railings and a traffic sign were damaged in the crash.“An initial investigation showed the driver veered to avoid hitting a dog and lost control of his car,” a police spokeswoman said.The driver managed to climb out of the vehicle and left the scene before emergency personnel arrived.The spokeswoman said the man went to Caritas Medical Centre in Cheung Sha Wan to seek medical treatment, adding the driver passed a breathalyser test and no one was arrested.This article Elderly cabby and Lamborghini driver arrested over Hong Kong street fight first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
An officer revealed Monday Canadian police obtained the security code to Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's Vancouver house -- not merely passcodes to her electronic devices, which defense lawyers allege violated her rights.
A 26-year-old Bangladeshi was arrested in Singapore under the Internal Security Act earlier this month for terrorism-related activities.
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has told his French counterpart that Beijing supports Europe’s push for “strategic autonomy”, amid calls for the EU to work with the new US administration to tackle China.Speaking by phone on Friday, Wang said the direction was “in line with Europe’s fundamental and long-term interests”, according to a Chinese foreign ministry statement.“China has always upheld the world’s multipolarisation and supported the EU to stand on its own as a pole of the world. This is not a temporary thought of the Chinese side, but a consistent strategic thinking,” he told French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Strategic autonomy is a concept championed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who argues the EU should become more powerful on the world stage and able to operate independently in a wide range of areas, from military operations to industrial policy.During the phone call, Wang also said bilateral ties between the two nations had overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and he praised France for understanding and respecting China’s interests.“The most important factor for China-France relations to brave wind and rain and maintain the momentum of development lies in mutual respect,” Wang said, according to the statement. “Both sides should continue to carry forward this tradition and treat each other’s differences with an open and inclusive attitude, and accommodate each other’s legitimate concerns.”It comes as Europe is divided over whether to distance itself from the United States and pursue a new approach in international affairs. Last week, Le Drian and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for the European Union and the US to “consult each other” to coordinate their approach to China on human rights, digital infrastructure and fair trade.“With [president-elect Joe] Biden, greater transatlantic unity will be possible with regard to autocrats and countries that seek to enhance their power by undermining international or regional order. But a principled approach does not exclude dialogue and cooperation,” they wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.“Under a Biden administration, the compass needle of US foreign policy will continue to gravitate toward China, which we see as a partner, competitor and systemic rival at the same time.”French President Macron has meanwhile called for strategic autonomy in everything from the digital economy to defence to environmental policy. He is supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. But last week he entered into an unusual public row with German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer over whether or not to continue to rely on the US. China-EU investment talks: both sides upbeat in public but quiet doubts in Beijing about Biden effectThe debate also comes as the US has entered a power transition period from President Donald Trump to a Biden administration, which is expected to engage China. Washington has in recent years lobbied European nations to be alert to the “China threat”, including in their 5G networks.International relations expert Shi Yinhong, from Renmin University, said Beijing did not want to see Europe following the US direction towards decoupling from China.“Wang’s remarks can be seen as encouragement for Europe to keep some distance from the US,” Shi said, adding that this could help to ease pressure after recent diplomatic setbacks in Eastern Europe.Slovakia in October joined other Eastern European countries signing declarations with the US aimed at rolling back Chinese influence in 5G telecoms infrastructure.On Saturday, Wang also spoke by phone with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto, a key supporter of Beijing’s 17+1 initiative with Central and Eastern European nations. Wang called for more strategic coordination, exchanges and communication within the 17+1 grouping, which has been criticised as a move to divide Europe.More from South China Morning Post: * European leaders call for unity with US against China * ‘Europe is ready’ to team up with Joe Biden on ChinaThis article China supports European push for ‘strategic autonomy’, Wang Yi says first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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Two Canadian MPs are taking part in a campaign to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou that cites “deteriorating relations with China and the rise of Sinophobia in Canada”.The New Democratic Party’s Niki Ashton and the Green Party’s Paul Manly are both listed as speakers at the “Zoom to Free Meng Wanzhou” online panel discussion on Tuesday evening.Manly’s participation is in line with the policy of the Greens, who have three MPs and in July called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government to ask the US to drop its charges against Meng and its request to have her extradited.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.But the participation of Ashton – a former leadership contender in the NDP, which has 24 MPs and holds the balance of power in parliament – does not reflect an official position of her party.Last week, the NDP joined with the opposition Conservatives to pass a motion calling on the Liberal government to combat Chinese aggression and decide whether to ban tech giant Huawei from building Canada’s 5G internet networks. Ashton was one of three NDP MPs who abstained.Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport on December 1, 2018 on a US fraud warrant. She is currently fighting the US extradition request in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.Ashton’s support gives the appearance of injustice done by Canada towards Ms Meng and provides the CCP with ammunition in its propaganda against CanadaNDP member Meena WongNDP leader Jagmeet Singh said in late 2018 that the party would follow the “rule of law” in Meng’s case, rejecting calls within his party to have her freed.Prominent Vancouver NDP member Meena Wong, a former federal candidate who also ran for the mayoralty of the city in 2014, said she was “astonished and disappointed” by Ashton’s role in the Free Meng campaign.Wong, who said she had supported Ashton’s 2017 bid for the party leadership, said the Free Meng campaign “plays into the hands of the CCP [Chinese Communist Party]”.“As an MP representing her constituents and Canada’s stand on human rights, she should know better, to allow the court to make the judgment according to Canadian law,” said Wong.“Canada is not breaking the law. It’s Ms Meng who is being charged on allegations of breaking the law.”Beijing-born Wong is a frequent critic of China’s policy towards Hong Kong and other issues.“Ashton’s support gives the appearance of injustice done by Canada towards Ms Meng and provides the CCP with ammunition in its propaganda against Canada across the world,” said Wong. “In China, behaviour such as [Ashton’s] could land her in prison for subversion. Canadian lawmakers push Trudeau on Huawei 5G banWong said she had asked other Chinese Canadian NDP members to reach out to Ashton and Singh about the issue.On September 29, Ashton sponsored a parliamentary petition calling on the government to cease Meng’s extradition proceedings and free her immediately, and to “protect Canadian jobs by permitting Huawei Canada to participate in the Canadian deployment of a 5G internet network”.“Meng’s arrest caused a major deterioration in Canada-China relations with serious negative consequences for many Canadians, while providing no benefit for Canada and instead contributing to a new cold war with China,” says the petition, which has received 631 signatures so far.Ashton, who is MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski in Manitoba and is the NDP’s transport critic, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Meng’s case.The Free Meng campaign is organised by left-leaning groups including World Beyond War, the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.They are also planning a “cross-Canada day of action to free Meng Wanzhou” on December 1, the second anniversary of her arrest.Meng’s arrest has infuriated China and sent relations with Canada plummeting. Beijing subsequently arrested two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and charged them with espionage. However, their treatment is widely seen in Canada as hostage-taking. China cites litany of grievances with Australia, shirks blame for spatLast week, Trudeau said he had no regrets about Meng’s arrest.“Do I regret that Canada followed its laws? Do I regret that Canada lived up to a long-standing extradition treaty with our closest ally? Absolutely not,” Trudeau told reporters on Thursday. He branded China’s actions “coercive diplomacy”.Trudeau is facing pressure from prominent figures in his own Liberal party to let Meng go free, including former prime minister Jean Chretien.Meng’s extradition hearings are scheduled to last well into 2021, but appeals could drag out the process much longer.More from South China Morning Post: * Meng Wanzhou: Canada border agent ‘falsified account of questioning’, defence lawyer claims in court * Canada border officer ‘can’t recall’ who wanted Meng Wanzhou’s electronic device passwords * Canada’s concerns about ‘arbitrary detention’ in China not eased by virtual ambassador visit for pair * Justin Trudeau’s main rival Erin O’Toole says his Canada would be tougher on ChinaThis article Canadian MPs join campaign to release Meng Wanzhou, citing Sinophobia and plunging relations with China first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
US-China tensions and COVID-19 cases overseas are “uncontrollable” and could affect economic recovery, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said.
Britain and France on Tuesday announced their intention to ease coronavirus restrictions in the run-up to Christmas, as a second wave of infections subsides following weeks of lockdowns in Europe.
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Pennsylvania officially certified Democrat Joe Biden's election victory in the state over Donald Trump on Tuesday, a day after the president agreed to a transition but stopped short of conceding.