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  • 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.
  • September 3, 1999
    The Japanese press is reporting the Prime Minister Chretien will lead a high-tech business promotion and goodwill mission that will include 250 Canadian business representatives to Japan on September 12. The Canadian mission will exchange views with senior Japanese government and business officials and hold seminars in Tokyo and Osaka on Canada's aerospace, biotechnology, environment-related, and...
  • September 3, 1999
    The China Daily reports that a Chinese trade delegation of 80, led by Liaoning province governor Zhang Guoguang is leaving for the United States on Sunday for trade talks in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Detroit. The group then heads for Toronto and Montreal. The trade group is seeking investors for 163 projects in the transportation, telecommunications, water supply, environmental protection...
  • September 3, 1999
    Moonlight Moss is the first New Zealand company producing sphagnum moss to break into the Canadian market after receiving an order for sphagnum moss basket liners from Hamilton-based Bruans Nursery -- which supplies Canada and the United States with its products.
  • September 3, 1999
    The Hong Kong and Taiwanese press are both reporting on the immigration debate that has heated up in Canada after the third boatload of illegal Chinese migrants arrived off the BC coast. They have reported on the "tide slowly turning" against the illegal migrants and noted that some government officials have said that they should be deported as a lesson to others that "Canada is not an open door...
  • September 3, 1999
    Industry sources are reporting that Manulife of Canada will withdraw its investment in Young Poong Manulife Insurance Co., a joint venture between Manulife and Korea Zinc. Young Poong Manulife was established in 1990 as a 50-50 joint venture between Manulife and the Korean partner, with Manulife managing the company.
  • September 3, 1999
    A sexual dalliance, a casino kickback scandal, early elections and the lure of the Chinese market have resulted in the postponement of a high-level Canadian trade mission to Australia, reports the Australian Financial Review. Only three premiers had decided to take part and the late withdrawls from the Australian leg of the trade mission included premiers from five of the six largest provinces....

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