Ian Young

Ian Young is the SCMP's former International Editor. 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 and is now the SCMP's Vancouver correspondent.
Ian Young
Ian Young is the SCMP's former International Editor. 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 and is now the SCMP's Vancouver correspondent.

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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
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

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.

10 Jan 2019 - 6:19AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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’.

12 Dec 2018 - 8:29PM
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’.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

12 Dec 2018 - 8:44PM
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.

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.

12 Dec 2018 - 8:45PM
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.

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
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.

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 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.

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
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

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
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”.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.