Richard Desjardins

Richard Desjardins

Richard Desjardins retired in 2020 after a 29-year career as a Canadian public servant. Born in Montreal, Canada, he obtained a BA (1983) and MA in political science (1991) and studied Chinese in Taiwan (1985-1988). He writes on topics dealing with China and Canada-China relations for various publications.

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Opinion | Route to free the two Michaels from Chinese prison can be found in Canada’s extradition law

As Canadians mark the passing of the 1,000th day in detention for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the Trudeau government’s pledge to do its best to secure their freedom rings hollow.

As Canadians mark the passing of the 1,000th day in detention for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the Trudeau government’s pledge to do its best to secure their freedom rings hollow.

Route to free the two Michaels from Chinese prison can be found in Canada’s extradition law
8 Sep 2021 - 5:50AM
Opinion | Canada must learn from Meng Wanzhou saga to stay out of US-China confrontation

Ottawa’s failure to act firmly and fast in the early days of the extradition saga left it snared in a geopolitical tussle with little bearing on its own national interest. Its tepid response to the fallout also left the field open to Canadian hardliners to lead the conversation on China.

Ottawa’s failure to act firmly and fast in the early days of the extradition saga left it snared in a geopolitical tussle with little bearing on its own national interest. Its tepid response to the fallout also left the field open to Canadian hardliners to lead the conversation on China.

Canada must learn from Meng Wanzhou saga to stay out of US-China confrontation
18 Aug 2021 - 3:56AM
Opinion | How Canada became collateral damage in US-China battle for the upper hand

Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Canada at the US’ request was not only a flashpoint in the deteriorating US-China relationship. It also touched off divisions within Canada on how the country – traditionally a US ally – ought to conduct its foreign policy amid China’s rise.

Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Canada at the US’ request was not only a flashpoint in the deteriorating US-China relationship. It also touched off divisions within Canada on how the country – traditionally a US ally – ought to conduct its foreign policy amid China’s rise.

How Canada became collateral damage in US-China battle for the upper hand
29 Jul 2021 - 4:58AM