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Jonathan Manthorpe is the author of three books on international relations, politics, and history. Over his 40-year career as a journalist he has been the foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and Europe for Southam News; the European bureau chief for the Toronto Star; and the national political reporter for The Globe and Mail. Manthorpe has also undertaken special projects for the United Nations, the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, and the Canadian International Development Agency. He now lives in Victoria.


Veteran journalist Jonathan Manthorpe on his award-nominated book, Claws of the Panda

Award History

2019 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada

Jury Citation

"Veteran journalist Jonathan Manthorpe has written a provocative and ground-breaking history of Canada’s long, conflicted relationship with the People’s Republic of China. Accusing generations of Canadian policymakers of willful naivety, he relentlessly marshals the evidence to argue that Communist Beijing has engaged in a sustained campaign of espionage, intimidation, and illicit persuasion in Canada to advance its national interests. Claws of the Panda sounds a national alarm just as current tensions between Canada and the PRC escalate, sharpening the national debate over Canada’s policy options." —2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Greg Donaghy, Althia Raj, and Paula Simons)