For several weeks now, conservative media in the US and Canada have been expressing concern over unverified reports of military trainings conducted by China's People's Liberation Army near Vancouver, saying that it poses a threat to America's national security.
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The news was heavily speculated by American radio broadcaster and blogger Hal Turner, known for his right-wing stances. According to Turner in a piece he titled "Arm Yourselves and Prepare; China Massing ‘Tens-of-Thousands’ of Troops in Prince Rupert and Vancouver Canada. Invade USA?”, he argued that a 2019 treaty had allowed China to train its troops on Canadian soil over the last several months, suggesting that " those troops are believed to be readying for an actual military invasion of the United States."
Turner had also included a 35-second video claiming that it shows snippets from these alleged trainings, without providing proof of his assumptions. In the video, an individual drives through a road in Salt Spring Island, Vancouver, as dozens of people dressed in military uniform continue walking together, without their outfits showing any flags or symbols of any country.
The article goes on to describe a number of agreements between Canada and China, including the 2019 Foreign Investment Protection Act (FIPA), which "allows Chinese security forces to protect vital investments in Canada without the knowledge or consent of the Canadian government."
I posted a story about Chinese troops on the border between Canada and Maine. This is what Facebook put on it as a warning. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/mpM1sbEe10— so very deplorable 🇺🇸👩🦳🥰🛸🐶 (@populistpepe2) December 13, 2020
However, the treaty doesn't give similar permission for Chinese military operations in Canada.
This article has sparked controversies across thousands of social media users, who expressed their fear of a potential Chinese invasion of the US, as per Turner's claims.
Additionally, the Daily Mail has reported that an official document "released by the Canadian government to Rebel News and The Globe and Mail" has revealed that the Canadian government was planning to invite Chinese troops for a military exercise at a base in Ontario in 2019, before being called off by Canada's Chief of Defense Staff Jonathan Vance in January 2019.
According to Ezra Levant, the founder of Rebel News conservative news website, "the PLA was going to send in spies, and not just soldiers to the training" in Canada, in a hint that it was going to be involved in hostile activities against Canada and the US.
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