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Cormorant/DCB Spring 2019

Claws of the Panda
Beijing's Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada
By (author): Jonathan Manthorpe
Jonathan Manthorpe


Cormorant Books - Toronto



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Trade, Flaps
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Jan 26, 2019
Print Run: 5,000
$24.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.75 in | 330 gr

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336 pages
Cormorant Books
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize 2020, Short-listed Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing 2020, Short-listed
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.

Jonathan Manthorpe is the author of three books on international relations, politics, and history, including the national bestseller and Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of 2019, Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada. His previous books include Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan and The Power and the Tories: Ontario Politics 1943 to the Present. In recent years he has written columns for a wide variety of publications in Canada and overseas. Over his fifty-year career as a journalist, he has been the foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and Europe for Southam News, the European Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star, and the national reporter for The Globe and Mail. In 1981 and 1982, Manthorpe was an advisor in London to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau on the patriation of the Canadian constitution. For the last few years, he has been based in Victoria, British Columbia.

Endorsements include: Hugh Segal, David Mulroney (former ambassador to China), and Bill Graham, former minister of Foreign Affairs. National and regional review mailing (Quill & Quire, The Walrus, Toronto Star, National Post, Globe and Mail) Pitching The Globe and Mail for an essay by Jonathan on the subject. Pitching National Post for an excerpt. Pitching to CBC Radio and Television; CTV and GLOBAL for news and commentary – China will be a major subject in the coming months. Specifically aiming to get Jonathan on Power and Politics (CBC), and Power Play with Don Martin (CTV). Radio talk shows across the country. Manthorpe continues to be interviewed by major media outlets as an expert on Canada-China relations amidst increasing concern that the dispute between the two countries is escalating. Yet another Canadian was arrested in China on July 14th. Two Canadians have already been sentenced to death. And the fate of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were detained in December 2018, but were only just formally charged with stealing state secrets, remains unclear. Latest:: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/14/world/asia/china-canadian-arrested.html or https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/15/china-huawei-canada-arrest-latest-tensions-drug-charges) The US, Australia, New Zealand and the UK have been urging Canada not to allow Huawei, a Chinese technology company, to contribute to the 5G telecommunications network in Canada, citing the Chinese law that requires all Chinese companies to co-operate with the government on security matters. Latest: Reuters reports that the Canadian government will postpone their decision on whether to allow Chinese company Huawei to supply 5G network equipment, given the increasingly strained relationships with Beijing. (Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-huawei-tech-idUSKCN1UA20R) China – Canada relations are in the news daily, and Canadians are increasingly concerned that our government has no idea how to deal with the Asian superpower – especially when their demands conflict with the superpower right next door, the US. The World Trade Organization has warned that a full-blown trade war between the two superpowers could weaken the entire world’s economy, and it would certainly have a devastating impact in Canada. US-China talks have resumed after the G20 summit, but just when the situation seemed to be improving, Trump renewed his threats to impose tariffs on an additional $325 billion of Chinese goods. Latest: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-finance-202/2019/07/17/the-finance-202-trump-floats-more-china-tariffs-piercing-trade-war-s-relative-calm/5d2e5d70a7a0a46ab008828c/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d8bd80061097 Protests against the extradition bill in Hong Kong have continued for the second straight week; on July 17th, 2019 15 people were arrested for rioting in the face of police tactics including tear gas, rubber bullets and steel batons. (Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/latest-protesters-refuse-leave-hong-004323149.html) A Nanos poll shows Canadians increasingly have a negative view of the Chinese government (83%), with more than half agreeing that China is a “national security threat to Canada.” (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-canadians-support-ottawas-decision-to-arrest-huawei-executive-poll/) Claws of the Panda by Jonathan Manthorpe Recent Live Appearances • Canadian International Counc
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"Manthorpe's account of China's clandestine efforts to influence people and politics in Canda is as compelling as it is disturbing. This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand China's growing influence in Canada." - David Mulroney, author of Middle Power, Middle Kingdom, former ambassador to the People's Republic of China

"In Claws of the Panda, veteran journalist and commentator Jonathan Manthorpe issues a challenge to Canadians to engage in shaping our relationship with a newly assertive China. Rigorously researched, drawing on primary sources and his own deep knowledge of China, Manthorpe paints a convincing portrait of a country intent on moulding the relationship with Canada on its own terms and in its own interests. A must read." - Reid Morden, former director of CSIS and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

"Claws of the Panda is much needed exposure of the Chinese Communist Party's step-by-step engagement throughout Canada and the world to advance its own economic, political, ideological, and strategic interests at the expense of other countries' soverignty, security, and economic well-being, if necessary. Manthorpe's meticulous research and piercing analysis are the kind of tough love 'here are the facts' journalism those who care about freedom and democracy in Canada and abroad need in order to understand the Chinese riddle. A must read for every politician, business person and foreign policy type who seeks a more hard-nosed yet balanced understanding of official and discrete Chinese intent." - Hugh Segal, Principal of Massey College and former Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committe of the Canadian Senate

"One of the most valuable things that Claws of the Panda does is bring together all of the accounts – most previously reported – of the ways in which China is affecting various aspects of Canadian life. From post-secondary education to business and real estate to foreign policy, the range of these efforts is staggering ... Claws of the Panda fills an important need." - Quill & Quire

"[Claws of the Panda] is a sweeping and authoritative book on how China has spied on Canada, infiltrated businesses, stolen government secrets and harassed Canadian-Chinese citizens for decades." - Vancouver Sun

“China has no rule of law as it is understood in Western liberal democracies; the judicial system in China works to the benefit of the government only. A criminal in China is someone the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), says is a criminal.” - Jamie Portman, Nanton News

“Veteran journalist Jonathan Manthorpe explains in his remarkable new book, Claws of the Panda, the Chinese Communist Party has spent decades quietly infiltrating Canada in order to acquire influence over economic and political decision-making. It succeeded in conveying an image of China as a trustworthy partner rather than a demanding superpower, an image that became all the more attractive after Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States. But now, after the arbitrary detentions of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig – and the resentencing of Robert Schellenberg with the death penalty – Canada is in a position to reassess the risks of collaboration with China.” - Michael Byers, The Globe and Mail

“Ivy Li worries that the Chinese Communist Party might be able to affect the outcome of Canada’s fall election using a campaign of disinformation and by silencing critics.

Li is not alone. Li helped organize a recent dialogue that featured Jonathan Manthorpe, author of the best-selling book, The Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada, where she and others talked about their fears and experiences.” - Daphne Bramham, Ottawa Sun

“Misconceptions about the Middle Kingdom have blinded Canada for decades. That’s the inescapable message of Jonathan Manthorpe's Claws of The Panda.” - Miro Cernetig, Vancouver Sun

"At a time when concern is rising in various parts of the globe that Chinese overseas investment and migration may not be benign, the latest book by Jonathan Manthorpe is timely. " - Jason Morgan, Asia Times

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