Ian Young

Ian Young is the Post's Vancouver correspondent. A journalist for more than 20 years, he worked for Australian newspapers and the London Evening Standard before arriving in Hong Kong in 1997. There he won or shared awards for excellence in investigative reporting and human rights reporting, and the HK News Awards Scoop of the Year. He moved to Canada with his wife in 2010.
Ian Young
Ian Young is the Post's Vancouver correspondent. A journalist for more than 20 years, he worked for Australian newspapers and the London Evening Standard before arriving in Hong Kong in 1997. There he won or shared awards for excellence in investigative reporting and human rights reporting, and the HK News Awards Scoop of the Year. He moved to Canada with his wife in 2010.

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How China’s Canadian lobbyists blurred the lines of PR, journalism and political activism

Lobbyists from Solstice Public Affairs, which was hired by China’s Toronto consulate last year, have been regular contributors to media discourse about China and the Chinese community in Canada.

19 Apr 2019 - 11:22AM

Lobbyists from Solstice Public Affairs, which was hired by China’s Toronto consulate last year, have been regular contributors to media discourse about China and the Chinese community in Canada.

How China’s Canadian lobbyists blurred the lines of PR, journalism and political activism
Chinese tycoon’s son buys US$3.8 million Bugatti Chiron in Vancouver with dad’s Union Pay credit card, complains about Canadian taxes

Chen Mailin’s son, Ding Chen, posted a message on Instagram complaining about US$680,000 in taxes on the new supercar, saying they made his ‘heart feel tired’. A salesman at the Vancouver luxury car dealership that is selling the Chiron said China’s Union Pay credit cards were a ‘regular mode of payment’.

13 Apr 2019 - 10:36PM

Chen Mailin’s son, Ding Chen, posted a message on Instagram complaining about US$680,000 in taxes on the new supercar, saying they made his ‘heart feel tired’. A salesman at the Vancouver luxury car dealership that is selling the Chiron said China’s Union Pay credit cards were a ‘regular mode of payment’.

Chinese tycoon’s son buys US$3.8 million Bugatti Chiron in Vancouver with dad’s Union Pay credit card, complains about Canadian taxes
The Hongcouver | Yang Kuang burned a Chinese flag outside Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s court hearing in Vancouver – here’s why

Protesters at Meng Wanzhou’s latest Vancouver court appearance called for the release of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are held by China.

13 Apr 2019 - 2:18AM

Protesters at Meng Wanzhou’s latest Vancouver court appearance called for the release of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are held by China.

Yang Kuang burned a Chinese flag outside Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s court hearing in Vancouver – here’s why
There are ‘serious concerns’ over the Meng Wanzhou case due to Donald Trump’s comments, her lawyer tells court

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou faces extradition to the US after she was accused of lying to banks about the company’s alleged dealings with Iran. In court on Wednesday, her lawyer raised worries over comments made by US President Donald Trump about the case.

7 Mar 2019 - 11:17AM

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou faces extradition to the US after she was accused of lying to banks about the company’s alleged dealings with Iran. In court on Wednesday, her lawyer raised worries over comments made by US President Donald Trump about the case.

There are ‘serious concerns’ over the Meng Wanzhou case due to Donald Trump’s comments, her lawyer tells court
Who is JW00237? The secret Canadian campaign to ban Huawei’s Chinese ‘spies’, and the anonymous official at its heart

Canadian immigration officer ‘JW00237’ branded three Huawei staff as spies in 2016, an effort cast in new light by the US pursuit of the firm and CFO Meng Wanzhou.

6 Mar 2019 - 10:13AM

Canadian immigration officer ‘JW00237’ branded three Huawei staff as spies in 2016, an effort cast in new light by the US pursuit of the firm and CFO Meng Wanzhou.

Who is JW00237? The secret Canadian campaign to ban Huawei’s Chinese ‘spies’, and the anonymous official at its heart
Oscars 2019: Green Book wins best picture; Bohemian Rhapsody sweeps up with four awards, including best actor

Win in top category takes Green Book’s total to three; Roma also takes home three Oscars, including best director; Olivia Colman wins best actress for The Favourite, and Rami Malek best actor for Bohemian Rhapsody.

25 Feb 2019 - 2:51PM

Win in top category takes Green Book’s total to three; Roma also takes home three Oscars, including best director; Olivia Colman wins best actress for The Favourite, and Rami Malek best actor for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Oscars 2019: Green Book wins best picture; Bohemian Rhapsody sweeps up with four awards, including best actor
Canada-based pop star Wanting Qu pleads for mother in Harbin death-penalty corruption case – but China’s netizens are unimpressed

Wanting Qu said on Weibo her ‘heart aches’ for mother Qu Zhang Mingjie, an ex-official in Harbin who prosecutors want executed in a US$52 million graft case. A hashtag about Qu’s comments has been viewed 230 million times – and drawn scathing responses

31 Jan 2019 - 10:24PM

Wanting Qu said on Weibo her ‘heart aches’ for mother Qu Zhang Mingjie, an ex-official in Harbin who prosecutors want executed in a US$52 million graft case. A hashtag about Qu’s comments has been viewed 230 million times – and drawn scathing responses

Canada-based pop star Wanting Qu pleads for mother in Harbin death-penalty corruption case – but China’s netizens are unimpressed
Professor Nathan Lauster says Vancouver’s China-money fears mirror Nazism. He just made millions selling home to China-money lobbyists

UBC academic Nathan Lauster says the role of Chinese money is exaggerated and a ‘moral panic’, testifying in a lawsuit aiming to axe Vancouver’s foreign buyer tax. But at the same time, he was selling his home for C$3million (US$2.3 million), more than double its valuation, to two of the city’s top China-money lobbyists.

13 Apr 2019 - 2:56AM

UBC academic Nathan Lauster says the role of Chinese money is exaggerated and a ‘moral panic’, testifying in a lawsuit aiming to axe Vancouver’s foreign buyer tax. But at the same time, he was selling his home for C$3million (US$2.3 million), more than double its valuation, to two of the city’s top China-money lobbyists.

Professor Nathan Lauster says Vancouver’s China-money fears mirror Nazism. He just made millions selling home to China-money lobbyists
China blasts Ottawa and allies for hypocrisy over detained Canadians, calling Meng Wanzhou’s arrest ‘truly arbitrary’

Spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry defends arrest of two Canadians while excoriating Canada and US for detaining Huawei Technologies CFO.

25 Dec 2018 - 6:28AM

Spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry defends arrest of two Canadians while excoriating Canada and US for detaining Huawei Technologies CFO.

China blasts Ottawa and allies for hypocrisy over detained Canadians, calling Meng Wanzhou’s arrest ‘truly arbitrary’
These are the Canadians who paid millions in bail for Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou, putting homes and retirement savings on the line

The Vancouver residents who paid US$2.2 million towards Meng’s US$7.5 million bail include two ex-employees of Huawei, another’s wife, a property agent and a yoga instructor.

20 Dec 2018 - 8:32PM

The Vancouver residents who paid US$2.2 million towards Meng’s US$7.5 million bail include two ex-employees of Huawei, another’s wife, a property agent and a yoga instructor.

These are the Canadians who paid millions in bail for Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou, putting homes and retirement savings on the line
This PowerPoint presentation proves Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou is guilty, says US. Preposterous, says her lawyer

The presentation, given by Sabrina Meng Wanzhou to a HSBC banker in 2013, describes the links between Huawei and Skycom, a ‘partner’ doing business in Iran. But the US says Skycom was actually an unofficial subsidiary, helping Huawei evade sanctions on Iran.

18 Dec 2018 - 5:40AM

The presentation, given by Sabrina Meng Wanzhou to a HSBC banker in 2013, describes the links between Huawei and Skycom, a ‘partner’ doing business in Iran. But the US says Skycom was actually an unofficial subsidiary, helping Huawei evade sanctions on Iran.

This PowerPoint presentation proves Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou is guilty, says US. Preposterous, says her lawyer
Cheers erupt in Canadian courtroom as judge frees Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou on US$7.5m bail

The ruling came after Vancouver friends of Sabrina Meng Wanzhou offered homes worth millions of dollars as bail collateral. Husband Liu Xiaozong pumped his fist in victory as Meng wiped away tears in the packed courtroom.

14 Dec 2018 - 2:56AM

The ruling came after Vancouver friends of Sabrina Meng Wanzhou offered homes worth millions of dollars as bail collateral. Husband Liu Xiaozong pumped his fist in victory as Meng wiped away tears in the packed courtroom.

Cheers erupt in Canadian courtroom as judge frees Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou on US$7.5m bail
Photos revealing personal life of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou are given to Vancouver court to show her time in Canada

A lawyer opposing bail says the snapshots provided to the court are just ‘typical tourist pictures’.

13 Apr 2019 - 2:58AM

A lawyer opposing bail says the snapshots provided to the court are just ‘typical tourist pictures’.

Photos revealing personal life of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou are given to Vancouver court to show her time in Canada
It’s all the way with Huawei, as Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s supporters converge on Canadian courtroom

Secret letters, fan fliers and laptop etiquette at the Supreme Court in Vancouver, as Huawei CFO’s bail hearings continue.

12 Dec 2018 - 8:37PM

Secret letters, fan fliers and laptop etiquette at the Supreme Court in Vancouver, as Huawei CFO’s bail hearings continue.

It’s all the way with Huawei, as Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s supporters converge on Canadian courtroom
Seeking bail, Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou offers to pay for her own guards

Meng, held in prison since her December 1 arrest, faces extradition to the US on fraud charges concerning the breach of sanctions against sales to Iran. The hearing adjourned on Monday without a decision.

12 Dec 2018 - 8:37PM

Meng, held in prison since her December 1 arrest, faces extradition to the US on fraud charges concerning the breach of sanctions against sales to Iran. The hearing adjourned on Monday without a decision.

Seeking bail, Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou offers to pay for her own guards
Vancouver police investigate break-in attempt at family home of Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou; suspects fled after being confronted by resident

It happened on Sunday morning at a US$4.2 million property owned by Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s husband, Liu Xiaozong. Neighbours confirm that Meng has lived in the house, and it was still occupied.

13 Apr 2019 - 2:57AM

It happened on Sunday morning at a US$4.2 million property owned by Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s husband, Liu Xiaozong. Neighbours confirm that Meng has lived in the house, and it was still occupied.

Vancouver police investigate break-in attempt at family home of Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou; suspects fled after being confronted by resident
Surprise, surprise, Vancouver: Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou is a mansion-owning, satellite-parenting reverse immigrant

Meng Wanzhou’s current circumstances are remarkable, but her Canadian backstory is familiar – she is a reverse immigrant who left family members in Vancouver for years. Title documents on two Vancouver mansions, worth US$16.4 million, identify her husband as Liu Xiaozong.

13 Apr 2019 - 2:57AM

Meng Wanzhou’s current circumstances are remarkable, but her Canadian backstory is familiar – she is a reverse immigrant who left family members in Vancouver for years. Title documents on two Vancouver mansions, worth US$16.4 million, identify her husband as Liu Xiaozong.

Surprise, surprise, Vancouver: Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou is a mansion-owning, satellite-parenting reverse immigrant
Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou: a goldfish in the bowl that is the world’s biggest story

How the drama of Meng Wanzhou’s bail hearing played out in a Vancouver courtroom, behind two layers of bulletproof glass.

12 Dec 2018 - 8:49PM

How the drama of Meng Wanzhou’s bail hearing played out in a Vancouver courtroom, behind two layers of bulletproof glass.

Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou: a goldfish in the bowl that is the world’s biggest story
Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou fraudulently represented company to skirt US and EU sanctions on Iran, court told in bail hearing

Huawei used an unofficial subsidiary, Skycom, to deal with Iran and Meng deliberately misrepresented the two companies as wholly separate, Vancouver court hears.

12 Dec 2018 - 8:50PM

Huawei used an unofficial subsidiary, Skycom, to deal with Iran and Meng deliberately misrepresented the two companies as wholly separate, Vancouver court hears.

Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou fraudulently represented company to skirt US and EU sanctions on Iran, court told in bail hearing
The Hongcouver | Revealed: how Canada border agency tried to conceal Chinese immigration mega-fraud files from tax collectors

Tax and border chiefs have hailed their cooperation in the case of Xun “Sunny” Wang – but a court ruling shows that auditors had to fight for access to files on his millionaire Chinese clients, that were seized by border agents in raids

19 Sep 2018 - 3:32PM

Tax and border chiefs have hailed their cooperation in the case of Xun “Sunny” Wang – but a court ruling shows that auditors had to fight for access to files on his millionaire Chinese clients, that were seized by border agents in raids

Revealed: how Canada border agency tried to conceal Chinese immigration mega-fraud files from tax collectors
The Hongcouver | Chinese birth tourism in Canada isn’t a loophole, grey area or oversight. It’s 100 per cent legal

Guidelines for immigration staff say giving birth in Canada is no violation of the rules governing tourists, and pregnancy does not have to be declared because it isn’t considered a “medical condition”.

14 Sep 2018 - 3:42AM

Guidelines for immigration staff say giving birth in Canada is no violation of the rules governing tourists, and pregnancy does not have to be declared because it isn’t considered a “medical condition”.

Chinese birth tourism in Canada isn’t a loophole, grey area or oversight. It’s 100 per cent legal
Marrisa Shen murder: plea against ‘backlash’ after Syrian refugee’s arrest as Vancouver residents remember 13-year-old victim

Police believe that Shen was killed by Ibrahim Ali, 28, a Syrian refugee living in Vancouver. Now the Syrian-Canadian community is appealing for calm.

13 Apr 2019 - 3:01AM

Police believe that Shen was killed by Ibrahim Ali, 28, a Syrian refugee living in Vancouver. Now the Syrian-Canadian community is appealing for calm.

Marrisa Shen murder: plea against ‘backlash’ after Syrian refugee’s arrest as Vancouver residents remember 13-year-old victim
Syrian refugee Ibrahim Ali is charged with murder of Vancouver schoolgirl Marrisa Shen, 13, a case that stunned Canada

Police say Ibrahim Ali, 28, arrived in Canada just three months before Shen was found dead in a Burnaby park in July 2017.

13 Apr 2019 - 3:01AM

Police say Ibrahim Ali, 28, arrived in Canada just three months before Shen was found dead in a Burnaby park in July 2017.

Syrian refugee Ibrahim Ali is charged with murder of Vancouver schoolgirl Marrisa Shen, 13, a case that stunned Canada
The Hongcouver | Anatomy of a scam: how rich Chinese gamed Canadian immigration

Case studies from the biggest immigration fraud in Canadian history reveal the privileged lifestyles of Chinese millionaire migrants – and the bizarre justifications some used to try to fend off exclusion orders.

29 Oct 2018 - 7:23AM

Case studies from the biggest immigration fraud in Canadian history reveal the privileged lifestyles of Chinese millionaire migrants – and the bizarre justifications some used to try to fend off exclusion orders.

Anatomy of a scam: how rich Chinese gamed Canadian immigration
The Hongcouver | Special report: how Canadian immigration fraud saw 860 rich Chinese blacklisted

How policymakers ignored alarm bells for years about a systemic flaw in the world’s biggest wealth migration system.

10 Sep 2018 - 11:31AM

How policymakers ignored alarm bells for years about a systemic flaw in the world’s biggest wealth migration system.

Special report: how Canadian immigration fraud saw 860 rich Chinese blacklisted
Canada’s Conservatives seek to end citizenship by birthplace as Chinese maternity tourism booms

The resolution, adopted by in the face of a Chinese maternity tourism boom in British Columbia, was attacked by the left-leaning NDP as an example of ‘division and hate’ that went beyond the tactics of Donald Trump.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

The resolution, adopted by in the face of a Chinese maternity tourism boom in British Columbia, was attacked by the left-leaning NDP as an example of ‘division and hate’ that went beyond the tactics of Donald Trump.

Canada’s Conservatives seek to end citizenship by birthplace as Chinese maternity tourism booms
Foreign births soar as local births drop at epicentre of Chinese maternity tourism in Canada, new statistics show

Newborns with non-resident mothers have risen 24 per cent in the past year and 59 per cent since 2015 at Richmond Hospital in British Columbia, where they now make up almost a quarter of all births.

2 Jul 2018 - 6:46PM

Newborns with non-resident mothers have risen 24 per cent in the past year and 59 per cent since 2015 at Richmond Hospital in British Columbia, where they now make up almost a quarter of all births.

Foreign births soar as local births drop at epicentre of Chinese maternity tourism in Canada, new statistics show
Canada housing non-profit courts Ottawa with affordability plan – as founder Westbank woos millionaires in China with gifts and soaring prices
In apology for sex attacks, Canadian film producer Raymond Law cites harsh Hong Kong upbringing that made him feel ‘unloved’
The Hongcouver | Canadian hospital sues mother of million-dollar baby, amid growing concern over Chinese birth tourism

Dozens of “baby houses” have sprung up in British Columbia to house pregnant Chinese women seeking automatic Canadian citizenship for their children, with one in five births at Richmond Hospital involving non-resident mothers.

14 Jun 2018 - 11:33AM

Dozens of “baby houses” have sprung up in British Columbia to house pregnant Chinese women seeking automatic Canadian citizenship for their children, with one in five births at Richmond Hospital involving non-resident mothers.

Canadian hospital sues mother of million-dollar baby, amid growing concern over Chinese birth tourism