Ottawa urged to ban joint research with Chinese military

The official opposition called on Canada’s federal government on Monday 30 January to ban research partnerships with Chinese military scientists and issue a ministerial order to advise provinces and Canadian universities to do the same, write Robert Fife and Steven Chase for The Globe and Mail.

Conservative foreign affairs critic Michael Chong accused Ottawa of being “completely asleep at the switch” when it comes to protecting national security and intellectual property, after The Globe and Mail reported that 50 Canadian universities have conducted extensive research with China’s military since 2005.

The Globe reported on Monday that the joint projects with China’s National University of Defense Technology included research on topics such as quantum cryptography, photonics and space science. Some of the Chinese military scientists who were involved are experts in missile performance and guidance systems, mobile robotics and automated surveillance.
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