Claws of the Panda
Beijing's Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada
Claws of the Panda tells the story of Canada's failure to construct a workable policy towards the People's Republic of China. In particular the book tells of Ottawa's failure to recognize and confront the efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to infiltrate and influence Canadian politics, academia, and media, and to exert control over Canadians of Chinese heritage. Claws of the Panda gives a detailed description of the CCP's campaign to embed agents of influence in Canadian business, politics, media and academia. The party's aims are to be able to turn Canadian public policy to China's advantage, to acquire useful technology and intellectual property, to influence Canada's international diplomacy, and, most important, to be able to monitor and intimidate Chinese Canadians and others it considers dissidents. The book traces the evolution of the Canada-China relationship over nearly 150 years. It shows how Canadian leaders have constantly misjudged the reality and potential of the relationship while the CCP and its agents have benefited from Canadian naivete.
About this Author
Jonathan Manthorpe is the author of three books on international relations, politics, and history. He has been a foreign correspondent and international affairs columnist for nearly 40 years. He was the foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and Europe forSoutham News, the European Bureau Chief for theToronto Star, and the national political reporter forThe Globe and Mail. In 1981 and 1982 he was an advisor in London to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on the patriation of the Canadian constitution. For the last few years he has been based in Victoria, British Columbia.
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