ABC News: China: ‘Cold War thinking’ behind Vancouver N. Korea meeting. China on Wednesday said “Cold War thinking” was behind a meeting of U.S. allies on how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat, adding that the gathering risks splitting international opinion over the issue. China was not invited to the 20-nation conclave in Vancouver and foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said excluding it and others involved in the matter would not be helpful to finding a resolution. “The meeting hosted by the United States and Canada in the name of United Nations Command apparently reflects their Cold War thinking,” Lu said. “To convene a meeting where major parties to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue are not represented will not help promoting an appropriate resolution over the issue.”
Xinhua: China opposes Vancouver meeting on Korean Peninsula issue. China on Tuesday again voiced opposition to a gathering in Vancouver of foreign ministers from 20 countries on security and stability on the Korean Peninsula. “Since this meeting does not have legitimacy or representativeness, China has opposed the meeting from the very beginning,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a routine press briefing. “While countries are committed to finding a proper solution for the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, some parties hold such a meeting in the name of the so-called United Nations command during the Cold War era. We do not know what the purpose of convening such a meeting is.” He said that without participation of some of the most important direct parties to the nuclear issue, the Vancouver meeting had no legitimacy and was not representative.
Russia Today: Beijing blasts ‘illegal’ US & Canada-led summit for evoking Korean War ghosts. China has criticized the US and Canada for holding a summit of nations, most of which supported Seoul during the 1950s war on the Korean Peninsula, saying evoking Cold War ghosts has no place in the world today. The summit in Vancouver brought together foreign ministers and top officials from 20 nations, who agreed to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang through additional economic sanctions on top of those imposed by the UN Security Council. China and Russia, which both border North Korea and are major players in the ongoing crisis, were not invited. Commenting on the results of the event, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang dismissed the summit, saying it “has not the slightest legality and representativeness to speak of.”
Sputnik: States at Vancouver meeting want unilateral sanctions against N Korea. Twenty states that took part in a meeting of foreign ministers in Canada’s Vancouver have agreed to ensure the strict enforcement of sanctions against North Korea and to prevent Pyongyang from circumventing the restrictions, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said. Twenty states that took part in a meeting of foreign ministers in Canada’s Vancouver have agreed to ensure the strict enforcement of sanctions against North Korea and to prevent Pyongyang from circumventing the restrictions, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said.
BBC: Australia files WTO complaint over Canada wine sales. Australia has filed a trade complaint that accuses Canada of placing “discriminatory” rules on the sales of imported wine. The formal objection, lodged with the World Trade Organization (WTO), follows a similar complaint made by the US last year. Australia says regulations in Canada unfairly disadvantage wines produced overseas. Canada is Australia’s fourth-biggest wine market.
VOX: Canada and Mexico are waging a pressure campaign to save NAFTA. For anyone concerned about the future of NAFTA, the massive free trade agreement that President Trump has long railed against, last week was a roller coaster. Last Wednesday, Reuters reported that Canadian government officials were “convinced” that the Trump administration would soon announce its withdrawal from NAFTA. That same day, Canada also filed an official complaint against the US with the World Trade Organization over the way it handles border taxes — a move that analysts say is bound to inflame existing tensions over NAFTA renegotiations, which are set to begin again on January 23. Mexico also turned up the pressure last Wednesday, with government officials warning that the country would leave the NAFTA negotiating table altogether if the US tries to withdraw from the agreement. By Zeeshan Aleem.
Washington Post: Trump’s cognitive test was created by a Lebanese immigrant to Canada. In 1996, the year President Trump took over the skyscraper at 40 Wall Street and blazed a new trail in the casino business, a young Lebanese Canadian doctor named Ziad Nasreddine created a pioneering way to screen people for early signs of dementia. Nasreddine’s evaluation was called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or the MoCA test. Using a series of simple prompts, it was designed to help doctors detect mild cognitive impairment that could signal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or other problems. It has proved so effective over the past two decades that it has been translated into dozens of languages and is used by physicians in well more than 100 countries.
US News and World Report: Data on Canadian immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries may surprise Trump. Defenders of Donald Trump say his “shithole countries” remark regarding people from Africa, Haiti and other nations was just Trump being Trump — the president may have used salty language, but it’s really just his way of saying the United States should have a merit-based immigration system like Canada’s. A generous interpretation of Trump’s comments are that immigrants from certain so-called “shithole” countries — African nations, Haiti and El Salvador — are not typically highly skilled or economically self-reliant, and if admitted would need to depend on the state. In fact, Trump apologists — and the president himself — might be surprised by what the economic data says about immigrants who come to Canada from the “shithole” countries. By Arvind Magesan.