Written by: Xu Yi'an
Last update date: 2020-10-17 10:56
Cong Peiwu, the Chinese ambassador to Canada, warned Canada on October 15 that it was unacceptable for Ottawa to provide political asylum to Hong Kong people seeking asylum because of the Hong Kong National Security Act.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would continue to criticize China's "coercive diplomacy."
Canada-China relations deteriorated due to the detention of Huawei’s vice chairman and chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Ottawa in December 2018 at the request of the United States. China later arrested two Canadian citizens, Michael Spavor and former diplomat Kang Mingkai ( Michael Kovrig) and prosecute.
In September, the Canadian government offered political asylum to a Hong Kong couple, which drew criticism from the Chinese government.
Trudeau said that the arrests of Spaffer and Cumming Kai were Beijing's "coercive diplomacy" and he would not tolerate it.
Cong Peiwu warned Canada on the 15th not to provide political asylum to "violent criminals" from Hong Kong, saying that this will affect the "health and safety" of 300,000 Canadian passport holders in Hong Kong and Canadian companies in Hong Kong.
Trudeau responded at a press conference on the 16th that Canada does not want the incident to escalate, but will continue to ensure that Canadian citizens know that their country stands up for Canada's rights and values.
He also said that Canada will not stop speaking loudly and clearly on global human rights issues, whether it is Xinjiang Uyghur human rights issues, the situation in Hong Kong, or China's "coercive diplomacy."
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