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Canada expels Chinese diplomat over alleged targeting of Tory MP Michael Chong

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declare

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US / dɪ'kleə(r) /

UK / dɪˈklɛr /

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  • verb
  • To make a statement in a strong and confident way
  • To show the cost of things purchased overseas
  • To say something in an official or sure way

story

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US / 'stɔ:rɪ /

UK / ˈstɔri, ˈstori /

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  • noun
  • One of many floors or levels in a building
  • Account or description of how something happened

consider

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US / kən'sɪdə(r) /

UK / kənˈsɪdər /

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  • verb
  • To think carefully about something

here

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US / hɪə(r) /

UK / hɪr /

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  • adverb
  • In this place; at this location, position or time

will

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US / wɪl /

UK / wɪl /

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  • noun
  • Desire or choice of someone
  • Document saying who gets your money when you die
  • Strong desire to do something; determination
  • Desire to do something; strong wish to do
  • other
  • Used with verbs to express the future
  • verb
  • To leave property to someone after your death
  • To use mental effort to make something happen
  • Am (is, are) likely to do
  • To influence someone to do something
  • To make something happen by strongly wanting it

after

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US / 'ɑ:ftə(r) /

UK / ˈæftɚ /

A1
  • adverb
  • Later than another time, or behind something
  • conjunction
  • Following something before
  • preposition
  • When an event happened or time has passed

develop

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US / dɪ'veləp /

UK / dɪˈvɛləp /

A1
  • verb
  • To explain something in steps and in detail
  • To create or think of something
  • To grow bigger, more complex, or more advanced
  • To make a photograph from film

agent

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US / 'eɪdʒənt /

UK / ˈedʒənt /

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  • noun
  • Chemical with the power to make chemical reactions
  • Person who represents or decides for others
  • A spy; someone who spies on other countries

definitive

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US / dɪˈfɪnətɪv /

UK / dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Clear and leaving no further question

should

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UK / ʃʊd /

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  • other
  • Used to indicate what is proper or reasonable

respond

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US / rɪ'spɒnd /

UK / rɪˈspɑnd /

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  • verb
  • To answer something or someone
  • To have a good reaction to e.g. medical treatment

believe

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US / bɪ'li:v /

UK / bɪˈliv /

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  • verb
  • To think or accept that something is true
  • To have a particular opinion about something

take

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US / teɪk /

UK / tek /

A1
  • noun
  • Filming of a single scene for TV or the movies
  • verb
  • To accept something that is offered
  • To use a method of traveling, e.g. a bus or train
  • To use a camera to make (a photo)
  • To pick up something and go away with it
  • To study a subject in school
  • To attempt to pass (an exam)
  • To require a certain amount of time, money, space

bring

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US / brɪŋ /

UK / brɪŋ /

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  • verb
  • To take or go with someone to a place

activity

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US / æk'tɪvətɪ /

UK / ækˈtɪvɪti /

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  • noun
  • An action or task, e.g. sports, washing clothes

pressure

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US / 'preʃə(r) /

UK / ˈprɛʃɚ /

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  • noun
  • Anxiety caused by difficult problems
  • Force, weight when pressing against a thing
  • Strong persuasion to do something
  • verb
  • To apply force to something
  • To persuade or force someone to do something

police

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US / pəˈli:s /

UK / pəˈlis /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the police and its business
  • noun
  • People, often in uniforms, who solve crimes
  • verb
  • To control an area, or group with a police force

vote

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US / vəʊt /

UK / vot /

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  • noun
  • Act of deciding who to choose in an election
  • verb
  • To make a choice for or against, as in an election

mail

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US / meɪl /

UK / mel /

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  • noun
  • Soldier's coat of linked chains, worn long ago
  • Sending, collecting, and delivering letters
  • A letter, package or email
  • verb
  • To send a letter or email

their

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US / ðɛː /

UK / ðer /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

minority

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US / maɪ'nɒrətɪ /

UK / məˈnɔrɪti, -ˈnɑr-, maɪ- /

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  • noun
  • Group that is smaller and different from the rest
  • Part that is less than half the whole; small part

condemn

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US / kənˈdem /

UK / kənˈdɛm /

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  • verb
  • To say that (a building) is too unsafe to be used
  • To state strongly that person, thing is bad, wrong

china

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US / ˈtʃaɪnə /

UK / ˈtʃaɪnə /

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  • noun
  • A communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the wo
  • other
  • High quality porcelain originally made only in China

ago

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US / əˈgəʊ /

UK / əˈgoʊ /

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  • adverb
  • At a specified length of time in the past

who

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US / hu: /

UK / hu /

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  • pronoun
  • Which person
  • Used to introduce information about people

remove

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US / rɪˈmu:v /

UK / rɪˈmuv /

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  • verb
  • To get rid of something completely
  • To make someone leave his or her job or position
  • To move, erase or take away from a place
  • To take something off (e.g. clothing)

top

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US / tɒp /

UK / tɑp /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being good or great; excellent
  • Being the most in degree or quality
  • noun
  • Item of clothing covering shoulders to waist, hips
  • A cover or lid
  • Part (e.g. road) that is the furthest away
  • Highest or upper part or point of something
  • Best or highest status or position
  • Flat upper surface or edge of an object
  • Child's toy that spins on its point
  • Upper section or leaves of fruits and vegetables
  • Winning in a sport or contest
  • verb
  • To be higher or larger than a specific value
  • To arrive at the highest point of something
  • To put a cover or layer or over something
  • To kill; murder
  • To hold the highest position on a list
  • To be more important, successful or better than
  • To beat someone or win at a game

minister

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US / 'mɪnɪstə(r) /

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  • noun
  • An official who heads a government department
  • Person who performs Christian services

common

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US / 'kɒmən /

UK / ˈkɑmən /

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  • adjecitve
  • Shared; Belonging to or used by everyone
  • Typical, normal; not unusual
  • noun
  • Area in a city or town that is open to everyone
  • Field near a village owned by the local community

all

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US / ɔ:l /

UK / ɔl /

A1
  • adverb
  • Completely; totally
  • determiner
  • Being every one of something
  • pronoun
  • 100% of something; the complete amount

they

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US / ðeɪ /

UK / ðe /

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  • pronoun
  • Two or more people, animals, or things

intimidate

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US / ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪt /

UK / ɪnˈtɪmɪˌdet /

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  • verb
  • To make someone feel afraid

announce

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US / əˈnaʊns /

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  • verb
  • To make a public statement about a plan, decision

registry

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US / ˈredʒɪstri /

UK / ˈrɛdʒɪstri /

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  • noun
  • Place where official records are kept

yeah

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US / jeə /

UK / ˈjɛə, ˈjæə, jɛ- /

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  • exclamation
  • Another way of saying 'yes'

refuse

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US / rɪ'fju:z /

UK / ˈrefjus /

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  • noun
  • Garbage, waste
  • verb
  • To not accept, allow, or give something

house

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US / haʊs /

UK / haʊs /

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  • noun
  • Place where a specific activity or business occurs
  • Building in which a family, person lives
  • verb
  • To give someone a place to live
  • To contain or store something

inexplicable

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US / ˌɪnɪkˈsplɪkəbl /

UK / ɪnˈɛksplɪkəbəl,ˌɪnɪkˈsplɪkəbəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Unable to be explained; strange

kong

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US / ˌnɒn'prɒfɪt /

UK / nɑnˈprɑfɪt /

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liberal

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US / 'lɪbərəl /

UK / ˈlɪbərəl, ˈlɪbrəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Open-minded; willing to hear others' opinions
  • Political party for freedom and social change
  • Supporting progress and social change
  • Not being strict
  • noun
  • Someone who is open-minded and favors progress

family

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US / 'fæməlɪ /

UK / ˈfæmli /

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  • noun
  • Close group of people or organizations
  • A group of people who are related through blood
  • Group of related plants or animals

down

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US / daʊn /

UK / daʊn /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being sad, sick, or unhappy
  • Not operating, working, or functioning as expected
  • adverb
  • In a sitting or lying position
  • Towards or on the ground, floor, or bottom
  • Written or copied onto a piece of paper or book
  • noun
  • A period of play in American Football
  • The soft, smooth hairs that cover a bird's body
  • preposition
  • Along something's path, course, or direction
  • Going from a higher position to a lower position
  • verb
  • To eat or drink very quickly and without stopping

persona

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US / pəˈsəʊnə /

UK / pərˈsoʊnə /

B2
  • noun
  • Personality that you project in public

michael

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US / ˈmaɪk(ə)l /

UK / ˈmaɪkəl /

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hong

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US / hɔŋ /

UK / /

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place

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US / pleɪs /

UK / ples /

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  • noun
  • Particular location, area or region
  • verb
  • To put someone in a particular type of situation
  • To put something in a certain location or position

first

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US / fɜ:st /

UK / fɚst /

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  • adjecitve
  • 1st; Coming before all others in time or place
  • noun
  • Something that has not happened before
  • Position of the winner of a competition

action

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US / 'ækʃn /

UK / ˈækʃən /

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  • noun
  • Something that a person or thing does
  • verb
  • To act to do something

week

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US / wi:k /

UK / wik /

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  • noun
  • Period of seven days from Sunday to Saturday

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

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  • adjecitve
  • The person or thing being talked about
  • Used to identify something both the speakers know
  • adverb
  • Used to reinforce adjectives and adverbs
  • To such a degree
  • conjunction
  • Used to connect a noun clause
  • Used to introduce an adverbial clause
  • Used to introduce a noun clause
  • determiner
  • Used as a noun to refer to something
  • pronoun
  • Referring an object far away
  • Used to refer to the relative pronoun ‘which’

threat

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US / θret /

UK / θrɛt /

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  • noun
  • Warning of probable trouble
  • A warning that you may be harmed

impact

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US / 'ɪmpækt /

UK / ˈɪmˌpækt /

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  • noun
  • A striking effect or result to hit with force
  • Very strong influence
  • Act or force of one thing hitting something else
  • verb
  • To hit or strike someone or something with force

conservative

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US / kənˈsɜ:vətɪv /

UK / kənˈsɚvətɪv /

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  • adjecitve
  • (Of an estimate, price) set fairly low
  • Resistant to change
  • noun
  • Person with traditional ideas; doesn't like change

about

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US / ə'baʊt /

UK / əˈbaʊt /

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  • adverb
  • To be ready to; going to
  • Nearly; approximately; roughly
  • Near; next to; close to
  • In every direction; in the area of
  • preposition
  • Concerning or of (a topic)

protect

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US / prə'tekt /

UK / prəˈtɛkt /

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  • verb
  • To defend someone or something from harm or danger

month

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US / mʌnθ /

UK / mʌnθ /

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  • noun
  • One of 12 28-31 day periods in the year

unfold

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US / ʌn'fəʊld /

UK / ʌnˈfold /

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  • other
  • To happen, be told or be revealed
  • verb
  • (Of a situation) to be told or revealed
  • To open something that was folded
  • To move apart two things such as your two arms

relation

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US / rɪˈleɪʃn /

UK / rɪˈleɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Connection between two or more things
  • A member of your family
  • Way in which two or more things are connected

prime

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US / praɪm /

UK / praɪm /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the highest in quality or value
  • Concerning the highest level of achievement
  • Most important, chief importance in value
  • verb
  • To get a person ready for; prepare someone
  • To coat with paint to prepare it for the main coat

center

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US / 'sentə /

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  • noun
  • Community place people go health or social reasons
  • Place in the middle of something
  • Person or thing that is attracting attention
  • verb
  • To direct focus toward something

station

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US / 'steɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Building, area, place used for a specific reason
  • A person's place in society
  • Place where you can catch a train or a bus
  • Company that broadcasts radio or TV programs
  • verb
  • (Army) to be posted to a place to perform duties
  • To put a person in a certain place or position

public

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US / 'pʌblɪk /

UK / ˈpʌblɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Owned by the government
  • Concerning society in general
  • Being available or accessible to people in general
  • Known or able to be known by all people

could

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US / kəd /

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  • other
  • Past form of 'can' to mean have ability
  • Used to ask for something politely, or to offer

canada

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US / 'kænədə /

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  • proper noun
  • A country in northern North America, the second largest country in the world; population 35,900,000

tonight

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US / təˈnaɪt /

UK / təˈnaɪt /

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  • adverb
  • Night following this day
  • noun
  • This evening; the night of today

plan

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US / plæn /

UK / plæn /

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  • noun
  • Drawing of how something should be done or made

have

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US / həv /

UK / hæv /

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  • verb
  • To drink, smoke, eat or use something
  • To experience the effects of something
  • To organize an event, or join in an activity
  • To own, possess, or hold something
  • To cause to happen or produce a particular effect

affair

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US / ə'feə(r) /

UK / əˈfɛr /

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  • noun
  • Secret sexual relationship between two people
  • Event or a set of events, often unpleasant ones

his

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US / hɪz /

UK / hɪz /

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  • pronoun
  • Something belonging to a male person

government

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US / ˈgʌvənmənt /

UK / ˈɡʌvənmənt /

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  • noun
  • Group of people and system that rule a nation

send

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US / send /

UK / sɛnd /

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  • verb
  • To cause to behave or respond in a particular way
  • To cause mail or packages to go to another place
  • To move something quickly in a particular way
  • To give information or greetings to someone

middle

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US / 'mɪdl /

UK / ˈmidl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Equal distance from extremes
  • noun
  • Place that is halfway between two things

adoption

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US / ə'dɒpʃn /

UK / ə'dɑ:pʃn /

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  • noun
  • Act of accepting and starting a new practice

inquiry

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US / ɪn'kwaɪərɪ /

UK / ɪnˈkwaɪri, ˈɪnˌkwaɪri, ˈɪnkwəri, ˈɪŋ- /

B1
  • noun
  • Process of seeking information
  • Official examination to get information

report

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US / rɪ'pɔ:t /

UK / rɪˈpɔrt, ˈport /

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  • noun
  • Account of the necessary facts and information
  • The telling of news in the media
  • Official statement about something
  • verb
  • To submit a report or bill to the government
  • To write in a newspaper or speak on a news program
  • To state something officially
  • To officially present yourself to an authority
  • To describe something by telling it to others

home

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US / həʊm /

UK / hom /

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  • adjecitve
  • A sports team's own field or place of play
  • adverb
  • Into the correct or intended position
  • noun
  • House, apartment or building to be rented or sold
  • Institution for sick or elderly people
  • Place where a person or a family lives
  • Country where a person lives or was born
  • Region that is native to peoples, plant or animals
  • verb
  • To move towards a particular target location

chinese

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US / /

UK / /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the culture and people of China

soil

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US / sɔɪl /

UK / sɔɪl /

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  • noun
  • Conditions in which something develops
  • Mix of natural material in which plants grow
  • Land of a certain country
  • verb
  • To get or become dirty

question

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US / 'kwestʃən /

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  • noun
  • Issue or problems you are dealing with
  • What you ask about; issue
  • verb
  • To ask for or try to get information
  • To have or express concerns or uncertainty

individual

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US / ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəl /

UK / ˌɪndəˈvɪdʒuəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Made for use by one single person
  • Having a distinct manner different from others
  • noun
  • Single person, looked at separately from others

fact

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US / fækt /

UK / fækt /

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  • noun
  • Something that is known or proved to be true

soon

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US / su:n /

UK / sun /

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  • adverb
  • At a time not long from now

why

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US / waɪ /

UK / hwaɪ, waɪ /

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  • adverb
  • Question word to ask for a reason
  • exclamation
  • (Used to express surprise or approval)

tolerate

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US / ˈtɒləreɪt /

UK / ˈtɑ:ləreɪt /

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  • verb
  • To be able to adjust to changes of various kinds
  • To be able to survive under specific conditions
  • To let people do, say or believe what they wish
  • To be able to drink (e.g. alcohol) without effects

for

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US / fə(r) /

UK / fɔr,fə /

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  • preposition
  • Used to show the purpose, or need of something

expulsion

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US / ɪkˈspʌlʃn /

UK / ɪkˈspʌlʃən /

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  • noun
  • Making someone leave a group or a country

concerned

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US / kənˈsɜ:nd /

UK / kənˈsə:nd /

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  • adjecitve
  • Worried or anxious
  • verb
  • To be about a particular topic
  • To have a direct impact on someone
  • To be responsible or mixed up in; to be involved
  • To feel worry or anxiety

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

decision

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US / dɪ'sɪʒn /

UK / dɪˈsɪʒən /

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  • noun
  • Choice made after thinking; final judgment
  • Ability to make quick and confident choices

canadian

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US / kəˈneɪdiən /

UK / kəˈnediən /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the culture and people of Canada
  • noun
  • Person from Canada

our

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US / 'aʊə(r) /

UK / aʊr /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to us

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

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  • adverb
  • Word indicating the negative
  • (Used to form the negative of verbs)

yet

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US / jet /

UK / jɛt /

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  • adverb
  • At a later time (used after ‘not’)
  • (Used to emphasize that thing is, will be greater)
  • Eventually; at a future time
  • Until now; up to the present
  • conjunction
  • Adding to what has been said, often as a contrast

now

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US / naʊ /

UK / naʊ /

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  • adverb
  • At the present time or moment
  • Right away or in the next possible moment
  • Used to refer to something that just happened
  • Time between the present and a moment in the past
  • conjunction
  • Resulting from or because of something

measure

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US / ˈmeʒə(r) /

UK / ˈmɛʒɚ /

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  • noun
  • Plan to achieve a desired result
  • Tool used to calculate the size of something
  • verb
  • To determine the value or importance of something
  • To calculate size, weight or temperature of

against

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US / əˈgenst /

UK / əˈɡenst /

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  • preposition
  • In physical contact with, as for support; next to
  • In opposition to; disagreeing with

support

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US / səˈpɔ:t /

UK / səˈpɔrt, -ˈport /

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  • noun
  • Assistance or advice given to someone
  • Evidence that helps prove something is true
  • A thing to hold up or prevent from falling down
  • verb
  • To give assistance or advice to someone
  • To help prove or show that something is true
  • To hold up or prevent from falling down

establish

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US / ɪˈstæblɪʃ /

UK / ɪˈstæblɪʃ /

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  • verb
  • To set or create something to last for a long time
  • To use facts, evidence to show truth or clarity

internal

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US / inˈtə:nəl /

UK / ɪnˈtɚnəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being or happening in the body
  • Being, happening in a country, state, organization
  • Within or inside; interior; not external

become

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US / bɪ'kʌm /

UK / bɪˈkʌm /

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  • verb
  • To begin to be; grow to be; develop into
  • To be suitable for a particular job or role

countermeasure

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US / ˈkaʊntəmeʒə(r) /

UK / ˈkaʊntɚˌmɛʒɚ /

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  • other
  • An action taken to offset another action

join

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US / dʒɔɪn /

UK / dʒɔɪn /

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  • verb
  • To bring something close to another, to become one
  • To become a member of
  • To participate in an activity with others

issue

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US / 'ɪʃu: /

UK / ˈɪʃu /

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  • noun
  • Important topic discussed, debated or argued over
  • Single edition of a magazine
  • verb
  • To make something available to be used or sold
  • To deliver a statement, etc. in an official manner

farah

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US / fɑ:(r) /

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another

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US / əˈnʌðə(r) /

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  • adjecitve
  • One more, but not this
  • determiner
  • One more added
  • pronoun
  • One more (thing)

thesis

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US / ˈθi:sɪs /

UK / ˈθisɪs /

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  • noun
  • Long paper presenting original research and ideas

call

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US / kɔ:l /

UK / kɔl /

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  • noun
  • A order or request for action
  • The sound an animal makes, often when in danger
  • A correct prediction, e.g. a decision in a game
  • A short visit to a place or person
  • A decision by a referee or umpire in a game
  • verb
  • To make a request or order for action
  • (Animal) to make sounds to warn of danger
  • To announce the date of an election
  • To make a judgment about something
  • To give someone or something a name
  • To guess in advance the result or outcome
  • To visit a place or person for a short time
  • To phone someone
  • To speak, announce or shout in a loud voice

and

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US / ənd /

UK / ənd, ən,ænd /

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  • conjunction
  • Used to refer to two or more things
  • Plus; in addition; on top of that
  • Used to introduce an action that follows another

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US / help /

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  • noun
  • Something given to enable a person to do something
  • Assistance given to someone in need
  • Someone who makes something easier or possible
  • verb
  • To act to enable a person to do something; assist
  • To make something better or less difficult

any

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US / 'enɪ /

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  • adjecitve
  • One, or some, no matter which
  • pronoun
  • One (thing) of many; some

from

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US / frəm /

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  • preposition
  • Starting at a particular place, time or level

form

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US / fɔ:m /

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  • noun
  • Sports team or person's current winning record
  • Document you complete when making an application
  • Visible shape or style; type; kind
  • verb
  • To organize something such as a club or group
  • To develop; to come into a shape or substance
  • To make something into a particular shape

three

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US / θri: /

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  • number
  • Number 3

outline

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US / ˈaʊtlaɪn /

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  • noun
  • Line around the outer edge of something
  • A summary of the important points of a plan, etc.
  • verb
  • To draw around the outer edges of something
  • To summarize the important points of a plan, etc.

make

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US / meɪk /

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  • noun
  • Product made by a particular company; brand
  • verb
  • To arrange or prepare something e.g. dinner
  • To get to (a place) on time
  • To gain the status of (teacher, lawyer, etc.)
  • To create something by putting things together
  • To earn a certain amount of money at a job
  • To cause or force a person to do something
  • To cause something to happen or be formed

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US / wʌn /

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  • pronoun
  • You; we; people in general; someone
  • The thing or person previously referred to
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to people generally
  • Being a strong example of (something mentioned)
  • number
  • Number 1

ottawa

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US / 'ɒtəwə /

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  • other
  • A member of the Algonquian people of southern Ontario

other

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US / 'ʌðə(r) /

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  • adjecitve
  • A thing different from that mentioned
  • determiner
  • (Something) else; not the first (one)
  • pronoun
  • Being the one and only thing of that category

forward

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US / 'fɔ:wəd /

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  • adjecitve
  • Toward what is ahead; in front
  • Acting in a socially aggressive manner; pushy
  • adverb
  • Toward the front in place; in front
  • Toward a future time; to a more advanced state
  • verb
  • To send something to another address or person

this

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US / ðɪs /

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  • adjecitve
  • Used to indicate something already been discussed
  • Used to indicate something happening around now
  • adverb
  • An indication by a physical motion or gesture
  • A specific amount of
  • determiner
  • Person, thing, or idea near you
  • pronoun
  • Person, thing that has already been discussed

gray

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US / ɡreɪ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Color between black and white (also spelled grey)
  • Lacking cheer or brightness
  • noun
  • Person's name

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US / bri:f /

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  • adjecitve
  • (Of period of time) short; using few words
  • noun
  • Information and instructions given for a meeting
  • verb
  • To give information/instructions before a meeting

year

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US / jə: /

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  • noun
  • Unit of time equal to 12 months or 365 or 366 days
  • Used to refer to the age of a person

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US / haʊ /

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  • adjecitve
  • To what degree? in what amount?
  • adverb
  • (Used to explain the way to do something)
  • exclamation
  • For what purpose or reason?
  • (Used to ask someone or something's condition)

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

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  • adverb
  • In addition; too; in a similar way

the

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US / ðə /

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  • article
  • Used to refer to something already mentioned
  • Used to show there is only one of something
  • determiner
  • Used to describe all of a family

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US / ə'kju:z /

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  • verb
  • To claim that someone has done something wrong

big

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US / bɪɡ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Popular
  • Serious
  • Large

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  • noun
  • Building where an ambassador works
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Canada has expelled a Chinese diplomat over alleged targeting of Tory MP Michael Chong. The Liberal government in Canada has taken action and declared the diplomat, Mr. Xiaowei, persona non grata after he was accused of intimidating Chong and his family in Hong Kong. This comes after months of pressure on the Chinese interference file and is the government's biggest definitive action yet. Xiaowei is at the center of a plan to target Chong and his family for supporting a motion condemning Beijing's treatment of the Uyghur minority. The decision to expel the diplomat was carefully taken by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, but it took the government a week to reach this decision after the story was first reported. The Prime Minister expressed concern about the potential impacts on Canada-China relations, but Chong believes action should have been taken sooner. The expulsion was announced during a House of Commons vote brought forward by the Conservatives, calling for the removal of the diplomat and a public inquiry on the issue.
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  • Now to another developing story tonight, this one in Ottawa, the latest on allegations of foreign interference.
  • The Liberal government is expelling a Chinese diplomat accused of intimidating a Conservative MP and his family in Hong Kong.
  • Mackenzie Gray joins us now from Ottawa.
  • Mackenzie, first, how did this all unfold?
  • Yeah, Farah, after months of pressure on the Chinese interference file, the Liberals have made their biggest definitive action yet.
  • The government of Canada has declared the individual in question today, a diplomat from China, Mr. Xiaowei, persona non grata.
  • Now Xiaowei is the Chinese diplomat at the center of a plan outlining a 2021 thesis report to target Conservative MP Michael Chong and his family after Chong supported a motion condemning Beijing's treatment of the Uyghur minority.
  • We will not tolerate any form of foreign interference in our internal affairs.
  • The minister of foreign affairs has taken this decision carefully after considering all factors.
  • But reaching that decision took the government a week after the Chong story was first reported in the Globe and Mail.
  • Now, the prime minister, who says he wasn't briefed on the thesis report, said he was concerned about all the potential impacts an expulsion could have on Canada-China relations.
  • But Chong believes the government should have taken action sooner.
  • This decision to expel a diplomat should have been, should have taken place years ago.
  • The fact is we've become somewhat of a playground for foreign interference threat activities.
  • The diplomat's expulsion was announced in the middle of a House of Commons vote brought forward by the Conservatives, calling on the government to remove the diplomat, but also to call for a public inquiry on the issue,
  • Establishing a foreign agents registry, and also closing down Chinese police stations in Canada.
  • And that non-binding motion passed the House of Commons, but the Liberals voted against it.
  • So it's inexplicable why the government is refusing to support a motion calling on the adoption of three other measures to help protect Canadians here on Canadian soil.
  • The Chinese embassy responded to the expulsion, saying they'll take countermeasures against Canada for sending one of their top diplomats home.