A new book co-authored by a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer alleges that the US ran a probe into national-security threats posed by Chinese overseas operations in the 1990s, which led to alarming conclusions about Canada. The project, code-named Operation Dragon Lord, allegedly found that Chinese activities in Canada represented a security threat to the United States, with China being accused of using criminal triads to do their dirty work outside mainland China. Concerns were also raised about Beijing’s influence over legitimate enterprises, access to sensitive technology and proximity to power through political donations. The authors of the book argue that current headlines about Chinese interference in Canadian politics are but a mere snippet of a bigger story that intelligence officers had already warned about. Despite this, the Chinese government has dismissed the claims as “nonsense” and insisted that it never interferes in other countries’ internal affairs. The allegations follow recent Canadian controversies over Beijing interference and China’s arrest of two Canadians, believed to be in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
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