After media broke the news that Canada had arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on December 5, 2018, the Chinese government responded with initially a series of severe warnings, then detainment of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and next the death sentence to a Canadian for drug trafficking. Since understanding China is obviously the key to bringing the two Michaels home and repairing Sino-Canadian relations, we must examine this question in depth: why is China angry?
The uncertainty of the American election looms, but the group of experts gathered for the inaugural Vision 20 Summit in the thankfully air-conditioned auditorium conclude their conference—confident that the populist wave gripping the United States and Europe will subside.
Two months ago, on November 18th, 2016 His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Mongolia. He had been invited to speak by the Gandantegchinlen Monastery on issues of materialism and faith in the twenty-first century. Normally this would not be a newsworthy event outside of Ulaanbaatar and yet it made many Western headlines. This visit was significant because the Dalai Lama’s confirmed the identity of the 10th Jebtsundampa Khatagt, which signalled the growing importance of Mongolia in future Tibetan-Chinese relations. This however, was completed missed by many Western news sources who spun this even as significant because of economic reasons.