A Rebel News access to information filing for documents relating to 2020 cancellation by Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance of joint training exercises between the Canadian Armed Forces and the Chinese People's Liberation Army at a base in Ontario.
Documents previously seen by The Globe and Mail revealed that Vance cancelled all joint training exercises due to security concerns.
The same documents indicated Global Affairs (GAC) objected to the cancellations out of concerns the CCP would view the move as retaliatory to the Chinese Government's abduction and incarceration of two Canadians.
A response from a contract information staffer within the DND warned that the "political/international situation" could delay the release of documents relating to the cancellation of the winter combat training at CFB Petawawa due to direct intervention from Global Affairs Canada.
"The majority of the information dealing with direct contact between the PLA and CAF will have to undergo a consultation with GAC. With the current political/international situation with China, I suspect that any consultation with regards to the Chinese government will take years to obtain a response (if at all)."
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