The Chinese ambassador to Canada warned the Trudeau authorities at present to not grant asylum to Hong Kong residents fleeing a broadly criticized nationwide safety regulation imposed by Beijing.
“We strongly urge the Canadian side not (to) grant so-called political asylum to those violent criminals in Hong Kong,” Ambassador Cong Peiwu mentioned in a video press convention from the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.
He mentioned that might quantity to “interference in China’s domestic affairs, and certainly it will embolden those violent criminals.”
Hong Kong was speculated to function below a “one country, two systems” deal after Britain handed its former colony over to Beijing in 1997 below a world settlement. But human rights and pro-democracy advocates say Beijing’s new nationwide safety regulation is undermining freedom in what is named the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
“So if the Canadian side really cares about the stability and the prosperity in Hong Kong, and really cares about the good health and safety of those 300,000 Canadian passport holders in Hong Kong, and the large number of Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong SAR, you should support those efforts to fight violent crimes,” Cong mentioned.
Cong additionally flatly rejected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s assertion that China is partaking in coercive diplomacy by imprisoning two Canadian males in retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese high-tech government on an American extradition warrant. Meng Wanzhou resides below home arrest in Vancouver whereas her case wends via a British Columbia courtroom.
In December 2018, China imprisoned Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and charged them with undermining the nation’s nationwide safety. Cong mentioned they’re nonetheless present process a authorized course of in China however didn’t present additional particulars.
He repeated his authorities’s demand that Canada launch Meng instantly however insisted her case and his authorities’s prosecution of Kovrig and Spavor will not be linked.
“We will remain absolutely committed to working with our allies to ensure that China’s approach of coercive diplomacy, its arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens, alongside other citizens of other countries around the world, is not viewed as a successful tactic by them,” Trudeau mentioned earlier this week as the 2 nations marked 50 years of relations at one of many lowest factors in Canada-China bilateral relations.
Cong mentioned Canada’s efforts to get different nations to affix its struggle for Kovrig and Spavor is “doomed to fail.”
The European Union raised issues concerning the two Canadians by title within the communique summarizing its current summit with China.
“We oppose any remarks that interfere in our internal affairs. And I would like to point out, there is no coercive diplomacy on the Chinese side,” Cong mentioned.