Canada-China army workouts ‘cancelled at USA’s behest’

Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, December 10

Canada and China were set to carry out military winter exercises in 2019, which were cancelled by the Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff, reported The Globe and Mail.

General Jonathan Vance’s move alarmed Canada’s Global Affairs department which worried China would interpret the cancellation as retaliation for the arbitrary arrest of two Canadians.

Vance had allegedly cancelled the exercises after the US urged it to do so, according to the paper.

“Should Canada make any significant reductions in its military engagement with China, China will likely read this as a retaliatory move related to the Meng Wanzhou case,” a February, 2019, memo to Ian Shugart, then deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, outlining the case for a letter he would be sending to Jody Thomas, deputy minister of the Department of National Defence, The Globe reported.

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