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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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Thursday, Apr. 17


Expocenter Eurasia at 13 Ulitsa Kapitan Voronin is the sight of Goods on the Way, a five-day event starting today showcasing the latest in the industrial products industry. Bags, backpacks, swimsuits and much, much more will be available to attendees hoping to update not only their style but their accessories for the upcoming summer.


Friday, Apr. 18


Teachers and students alike shouldn’t miss the opportunity to establish lasting contacts with Russian and foreign institutions during the 21st Education and Career Fair at LenExpo, beginning today and finishing tomorrow. Learn more about education in Russia and connect with your fellow scholars.


The Tromso International Film Festival, Norway’s largest, brings a short festival to St. Petersburg for one day only during Scandinavian Oddities, starting at 7 p.m. today at Rodina Cinema Center. Tickets for the event are 100 rubles ($2.80).


Sunday, Apr. 20


Celebrate Easter at Pavlovsk during the Easter Fair that begins today and continues through next Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to paint Easter eggs and children can take part in games as well as help decorate a tree in honor of Christianity’s holiest day.


Today is one of the final days to see the exhibit Cacti — Children of the Sun at the Peter the Great Botanical Garden. Starting Apr. 17, budding botanists will marvel at the variety and beauty of the desert’s most iconic plant.


Monday, Apr. 21


Improve your grasp of Neruda, Bolano and Marquez at TrueDA’s Beginners Spanish Lesson this evening at their location on the Petrograd Side. An experienced teacher will be on hand to help all attendees better understand the intricacies of the language and improve their accent.


Tuesday, Apr. 22


SPIBA’s Breakfast with the Director event series continues as the association welcomes Andrei Barannikov, general director of SPN Communications, to the Anna Pavlova Hall of the Angleterre Hotel this morning at 9 a.m. Attendees must confirm their participation by Apr. 21.


The AmCham Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. this morning in the their St. Petersburg office.