Are Canadian Universities Collaborating with Top Chinese Army Institutions?

By David Dunlop, 30 January 2023

The front gate of the National University of Defense Technology as photographed on 23 August 2014. Credit: Huangdan2060, Wikimedia Commons

Beatrice Pasz from "The Globe And Mail" has reported that at least 10 Canadian universities have for the past several years, collaborated with top Chinese Army National University of Defence Technology (NUDT) researchers. This is according to information provided by the US Strategic Intelligence company Strider Technologies Inc. If these reports can be validated, it clearly illustrates that Canada should do something about this.

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Volume 18, Number 3 (2023)

Another issue of Canadian Naval Review is almost ready to print. The winter issue won’t make winter weather go away, but it will give you something interesting to read on snow days. 

The issue begins with an Editorial entitled “Preparing for the Future” by editor Ann Griffiths. In the editorial, Griffiths asks if the RCN is prepared for the future of conflict at sea. Our first article is the winner of the 2022 Canadian Naval Maritime Trust essay contest, hosted every year by CNR. The was won by Jacob Benjamin with “Making the Case for the Sōryū-class as a Canadian Procurement Option.”  


The second article in this issue is entitled “NORPLOY ’74: A Case Study in Northern Operations.” In this article authors Cate Belbin and Adam Lajeunesse look at the NORPLOY Exercise in 1974 to see what’s changed/not changed since then and what the RCN has learned about operations in the North. The third piece in this issue is an interview with CPO1 Alena Mondelli. In this interview we learn about education and training of Non-Commissioned Members in the RCN, as well as other interesting considerations that relate to the NCM team.

We also include some very interesting commentaries in this issue -- Making Waves is particularly feisty. We have several commentaries about Canada’s glacial procurement process, and one about how to achieve a more affordable and balanced RCN fleet. We include a quick look at the Auditor General’s 2022 report “Arctic Waters Surveillance,” and a discussion of the implications for Canadian security of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. We also have a brief examination of Canada’s new Indo-Pacific strategy. And Dave Perry unravels the tangled knot of NORAD modernization funding. This is just a taste of the material in the winter issue. 

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