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Claws of the Panda
Beijing's Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada
Expanded and Updated

by Jonathan Manthorpe


ISBN: 9781770867703

Format: Trade Paperback w/ Flaps

Size: 6" x 9"


  • POL011000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General

  • POL036000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage

  • POL056000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Canadian

  • POL054000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Asian

Price: $24.95

Publication Date: May 4, 2024


Claws of the Panda tells the story of Canada’s failure to construct a workable policy towards the People’s Republic of China. In particular, the book tells of Ottawa’s failure to recognize and confront the efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to infiltrate and influence Canadian institutions and to exert control over Canadians of Chinese heritage. It shows how Canadian leaders have constantly misjudged the reality of the relationship while the CCP and its agents have benefited from Canadian naivete.

The Expanded and Updated edition of Claws of the Panda arrives at a crucial point as Canada’s delusions abouts its friendly relations with the CCP have fallen apart since the book’s initial publication. This edition sets out to uncover Ottawa’s relationship with Beijing in light of the CCP regime’s increasingly suspicious and belligerent relations with the US and Europe. The age of a distinctly Canadian bilateral relationship with Beijing is over.

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“If you value living in a free and open society, read this excellent book and heed its warnings.”

— Michael Kovrig

Praise for the First Edition


Finalist, 2020 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Short-listed, 2020 Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

“One of the most valuable things that Claws of the Panda does is bring together all of the accounts – most previously reported – of the ways in which China is affecting various aspects of Canadian life. From post-secondary education to business and real estate to foreign policy, the range of these efforts is staggering ... Claws of the Panda fills an important need.”

— Quill & Quire


“[Claws of the Panda] is a sweeping and authoritative book on how China has spied on Canada, infiltrated businesses, stolen government secrets and harassed Canadian-Chinese citizens for decades.”

— Vancouver Sun


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

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