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Chinese Spying Worries Canada

Published: April 18, 2006 (Issue # 1162)


OTTAWA, Canada — The Canadian government is very worried by the extent of Chinese industrial espionage inside Canada and will raise its concerns with Beijing, Foreign Minister Peter MacKay said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

MacKay said it was particularly important to protect such Canadian companies as Research in Motion, maker of the portable e-mail BlackBerry device.

“We’re very concerned about economic espionage and it would appear based on evidence and reporting that there is a fair bit of activity,” he told CTV.

“It’s something we want to signal we’re prepared to address and to continue to raise with the Chinese at the appropriate time. We’re very much a country that needs to protect its technology,” he said.

Research In Motion said last week it expected to launch its wireless e-mail service in China by mid-year. Canadian media reports say state-controlled China Unicom this month introduced its own version, nicknamed the Redberry.

MacKay is a member of the new Conservative government, which defeated the Liberals in a January 23 election. When in opposition, he accused the Liberals of doing little to prevent China from stealing Canadian industrial secrets.

Last June, amid a furor over allegations by a Chinese defector who said Beijing had more than 1,000 spies in Canada, the Liberals said they would tighten investment laws to give Ottawa the right to block the foreign takeover of any Canadian company for national security reasons.





 


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Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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