Public Safety raises the alarm on China’s foreign interference threat in letter addressed to MPs

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Public Safety Minister Bill Blair sent a letter to his fellow MPs warning the Canadian government about the foreign interference threat that China poses. The 12-page document identifies foreign interference in Canadian affairs as a “significant threat” and lists China as a main perpetrator of interference activities. “In addition, foreign states, including the PRC [People’s Republic of China], attempt to threaten and intimidate individuals around the world, including in Canada, through various state entities and non-state proxies,” wrote Blair. “However, we are aware that these tactics can also be used as cover for silencing dissent, including on university campuses, pressuring political opponents and instilling general fear of state power, no matter where a person is located.”