Richard Fadden is a former adviser to the national security of the Prime Minister. (File photo)
He added that it was high time to consider closing certain areas of study to foreign adversaries, including nuclear technologies, high-level optics and space research.
We should encourage students from other countries to come to our country, just as we should encourage Canadians to study abroad, but there must certainly be a number of critical areas that we and our allies let's decide not to share with a strategic adversary, he said. I think [Judge Crampton's decision] will make things easier.
The federal government has implemented national security reviews for academics seeking federal funding and published the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships.
I still think we're behind despite that, Fadden said. We were very slow to react. I think one of the biggest challenges we face is recognizing that national security is no longer the sole responsibility of the federal government. We must involve the provinces, civil society and the private sector.
Ms. McCuaig-Johnston said China has been targeting Canadian campuses for years because they are an easy target.
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Margaret McCuaig-Johnston is with the think tank China Strategic Risks Institute. (File photo)
We do not want to attract military scientists to Canada who join government-funded programs to learn our innovations and use them for their own military applications, she said. This is not very wise. So we have to close this door.
CSIS has publicly sounded the alarm on this subject. Last month, the agency's director, David Vigneault, said in a speech that China's efforts to steal Canadian research and interfere in the world should not be underestimated. the affairs of the country.
They steal intellectual property from Canadian companies, universities and governments; the very essence of our future prosperity, he said in a speech at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.
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David Vigneault is the director of CSIS. (File photo)
No one should be under any illusions about the extent of [China's] efforts to infiltrate our political systems, our private sector, our government institutions, our universities and our communities from coast to coast. This is not a problem unique to Vancouver or Toronto. This is a problem that concerns all of Canada.
In a written statement, the Chinese embassy in Ottawa said Beijing opposes espionage and that it wanted to strengthen cooperation with Canada, calling it mutually beneficial. The embassy expressed hope for an end to what it called baseless accusations against China.
The Chinese side urges the Canadian side to stop stretching the concept of national security and provide a fair and conducive environment for Chinese students . China will take necessary measures to resolutely guarantee the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese students in Canada, the statement said.