Book Launch: Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has an ongoing campaign to embed agents of influence in Canadian business, politics, media and academia. This is an integral part of what a recent MLI paper has described as China’s “sharp power,” which relies increasingly on unsavoury methods that use co-optation, bribery, incentivization, disinformation, censorship, and other methods.

The CCP aims to turn Canadian public policy to China’s advantage, to acquire useful technology and intellectual property, and to be able to monitor and intimidate Chinese Canadians and others. Unfortunately, Ottawa has failed to recognize and confront the efforts by the CCP to infiltrate and influence Canadian politics, academia, and media, and to exert control over Canadians of Chinese heritage.

To shed light on the dangers posed by Chinese influence operations to Canada, MLI is hosting the national book launch for noted journalist Jonathan Manthorpe’s new book, Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada.

At this event, Jonathan Manthorpe will be discussing the Chinese Communist Party’s influence and intimidation campaign with Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief at the Globe and MailTickets are $25.00, and will include a complimentary copy of the book.


  • Jonathan Manthorpe, author of Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada

Moderated by:

  • Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Globe and Mail

Event details:

  • Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Time: 6 pm – 8 pm (Registration starts at 5:30 pm)
  • Location: Kildare House, 323 Chapel Street, Ground Floor

Book Reviews:

Claws of the Panda is much-needed exposure of the Chinese Communist Party’s step-by-step engagement throughout Canada and the world to advance its own economic, political, ideological, and strategic interests at the expense of other countries’ sovereignty, security and economic well-being, if necessary. Manthorpe’s meticulous research and piercing analysis are the kind of tough love ‘here are the facts’ journalism those who care about freedom and democracy in Canada and abroad need in order to understand the Chinese riddle. A must read for every politician, business person and foreign policy type who seeks a more hard-nosed yet balanced understanding of official and discrete Chinese intent.”

— Hugh Segal, Principal of Massey College and former Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Canadian Senate

“Manthorpe’s account of China’s clandestine efforts to influence people and politics in Canada is as compelling as it is disturbing. This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand China’s growing influence in Canada.”

— David Mulroney, author of Middle Power, Middle Kingdom, former Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

“In Claws of the Panda, veteran journalist and commentator Jonathan Manthorpe issues a challenge to Canadians to engage in shaping our relationship with a newly assertive China. Rigorously researched, drawing on primary sources and his own deep knowledge of China, Manthorpe paints a convincing portrait of a country intent on moulding the relationship with Canada on its own terms and in its own interests. A must read.”

— Reid Morden, former Director of CSIS and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs


Is the venue close to public transit?

Yes, the following bus routes come close to the venue:

  • Bus 19 – Stop located at Laurier & Chapel (1 minute walk)
  • Bus 16 – Stop located at Chapel & Somerset (4 minute walk)
  • Bus 7 – Stop located at Rideau & Friel (9 minute walk)

What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

We will obtain a special occassion parking permit from the City, which will enable overtime parking (where parking is permitted) on the following streets:

  • Chapel Street
  • Blackburn Avenue
  • Russell Avenue
  • Sweetland Avenue
  • Goulbourn Avenue

We will provide a copy of this permit to registrants closer to the event, and will also have some copies available at the registration desk.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Allison at

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