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  • September 13, 1999
    Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada has received approval from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission to create a joint venture life insurance firm. It is expected that the company will begin selling life insurance policies next year. The company is actively seeking a joint venture partner and said that some candidates had been identified and that a final decision would be made in the coming...
  • September 13, 1999
    Canadian Murray Hiebert, the Malaysian bureau chief for the Far Eastern Economic Review was jailed for six weeks after he lost an appeal against a contempt of court conviction. In 1997 the High Court found Hiebert guilty of contempt over an article he wrote about an ongoing civil suit involving the son of the Court of Appeals Judge and his school. Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy said "we...
  • September 13, 1999
    Prime Minister Chretien said that Canada will not be changing its immigration laws to deal with the influx of migrants from China. He told reporters that Canada's immigration laws are partly responsible for the recent boatloads of migrants..."but the laws are fair and they will not be changed." The prime minister said that "the problem is, of course, that we have laws that induce some people to...
  • September 13, 1999
    Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy met with his Chinese counterpart Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan in Auckland on the issue of people smuggling. Minister Axworthy reported that "we agreed that the most important mechanism to deal with people smuggling is the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Combating Crime...among other provisions the MOU provides for cooperation between the...
  • September 13, 1999
    Prime Minister Chretien announced that Canada will send up to 600 peacekeepers to East Timor as part of a United Nation's peacekeeping force that will be led by Australia. It could take several weeks to deploy the Canadian peacekeepers in the region -- Australia has said that they will be ready within the week. Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas is expected to arrive in New York today to...
  • September 13, 1999
    Norsat International Inc. of Canada, announced that it will supply its N-Code II scrambling technology chipset in Taiwan, China, India and Uruguay. GemTek Technology of Taiwan will integrate the chipsets into decoder boxes that are used in cable-television systems in Taiwan and other international markets.
  • September 10, 1999
    Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy said that Canada is preparing to send aid to East Timor. United Nations officials and the International Red Cross have reported that there is a shortage of food and water for those who have fled their homes. The minister said that UN ambassadors in Jakarta discussed the issue of aid with the Indonesian government -- he wants cooperation from the authorities...
  • September 10, 1999
    An international meeting held in Auckland failed to win total agreement on getting Indonesia to accept an international peacekeeping force in East Timor to restore order. The crisis meeting was initiated by Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy with 18 APEC foreign ministers. Axworthy said that there wasn't 100% agreement and that it was a Security Council decision but they would be "urging...
  • September 10, 1999
    The fourth ship carrying Asian migrants to be intercepted off the BC coast since July was boarded by seized by authorities. The first three ships brought about 450 illegal immigrants from Fujian province in China. After the RCMP and Immigration officials have gone over the ship, a decision will be made on what to do with the ship and how to transport the migrants to Victoria.
  • September 9, 1999
    At the APEC ministerial meeting in Auckland, Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy announced a C$30,000 contribution to the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society (IMPACS) a Canadian non-governmental organization that held a seminar on trade and freedom of information legislation in member economies of the APEC forum. IMPACS hosted a roundtable dialogue entitled "Access to Information...
  • September 9, 1999
    Korea's minister of construction and transportation has signed a letter of intent with AGRA Developments, a Canadian engineering and construction company, to build a 14.6-km bridge linking Inchon International Airport (now under construction) and Inchon port. AGRA will oversee the financing and construction of the C$1.2-billion project. The deal is the largest-ever government contract handled...
  • September 9, 1999
    The Taiwan press is reporting that Canada and mainland China "have become engaged in a war of words over boat after boat of illegal immigrants...landed on Canadian western shores this summer." The response of the Chinese foreign ministry in a "strongly worded declaration" said that Canada should repatriate the migrants and that "by accepting the applications of these so-called refugees, Canada...
  • September 8, 1999
    Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy said that diplomatic actions, not economic sanctions, are the answer to solving the East Timor crisis. Axworthy said, "Right now, we're trying to get the co-operation of the Indonesian government, this is not the time to isolate them... They are still the mandate in East Timor." Axworthy also stated that while Canada is supportive of an Australian offer to...
  • September 8, 1999
    Japan's agriculture ministry said that all varieties of Canadian tomatoes may now be imported. Previously, Japan restricted imports of Canadian tomatoes to seven varieties which had been declared free from tobacco blue mold, which does not occur in Japan. The Japanese agriculture ministry had confirmed that other varieties of Canadian tomatoes are not contaminated with the mold. The new ruling...
  • September 7, 1999
    According to The People's Post and Telecommunications News, Nortel Networks has signed a deal with China's Shandong Province to help the province roll out the second phase of its broadband multimedia network.
  • September 7, 1999
    China's Foreign Ministry, in a weekly news briefing, criticized Canada for accepting requests for asylum from the illegal immigrants from China who arrived in three boats over the past few weeks. A ministry spokesman said that even considering their applications encourages others. He said "repatriation of the whole boat and the whole bunch (of migrants) is the best way to shatter their...
  • September 7, 1999
    Honda Motor Co. officials have announced that they have developed two electric vehicle prototypes powered by fuel cells. The FCX-VI uses hydrogen with a fuel stack made by Ballard Power Systems Inc. of Canada, which uses a hydrogen occlusion alloy for fuel storage. Honda plans to have a fuel cell vehicle commercially available by 2003.
  • September 7, 1999
    The Pakistan Canada Trade and Industry Committee of FPCCI and Canada Pakistan Business Council plan to promote Pakistan's exports to Canada. The organizations have identified areas for joint ventures (telecommunications, technology, education, transportation, environment, agriculture, etc) and opportunities to increase exports of rice, agri-food, and surgical items.
  • September 3, 1999
    Noble House Communications Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Hong Kong-based Cyberpay Ltd. Noble House is a Canadian company involved in online and traditional entertainment, online music distribution, electronic commerce, film distribution, and television licensing and merchandising. Cyberpay provides direct links to banks and utilizes...
  • September 3, 1999
    The Government of Brunei has announced that it will be sending four students to study in Canada this year. Two students will enter the pre-med program at the University of Calgary and two will enter the nursing program at McMaster University.

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