Canada rejects Chinese warning against granting asylum to Hong Kong protesters

Clay Curtis
October 17, 2020

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese citizen, was arrested in Vancouver in late 2018 on a bank fraud warrant issued by USA authorities.

He further said that Canada should not give asylum to these "violent criminals" as it is "interference in China's domestic affairs".

"We firmly encourage the Canadian side not (to) award supposed political refuge to those vicious hoodlums in Hong Kong", Ambassador Cong Peiwu said in a video question and answer session from the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa. There is a fear of legal protection for extradited people now that China has tightened its grip on Hong Kong.

The reality is that the vast majority of asylum seekers trying to get out of Hong Kong are doing so because China's dictators in Beijing imposed a draconian national security law there. "And certainly, it will embolden those violent criminals".

"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, you should support those efforts to fight violent crimes".

Then on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned the detention of the two Canadians saying Canada would work with others to ensure China's "coercive diplomacy" would not be successful.

Canadian foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne described the ambassador's comments as "totally unacceptable and disturbing".

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In response, Mr Trudeau said he would not try and antagonise Beijing, but would not back down from protecting Canadian interests and standing up for human rights around the world.

Ties plummeted following Canada's arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and daughter of its founder.

The US sanctioned Chinese politicians over the summer.

Shortly after her arrest, China jailed a former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, and a Canadian businessman, Michael Spavor, on charges of spying, an act widely seen in western capitals as an act of reprisal by Beijing.

She is now fighting her extradition to the United States, where she faces fraud charges, in court.

SINGAPORE and Hong Kong have reached an in-principle agreement to establish a bilateral air travel bubble (ATB), where travellers will not be subject to any quarantine or stay-home notice requirements, or a controlled itinerary.

The law outlaws subversive, secessionist, and terrorist activity, as well as collusion with foreign powers to interfere in the city's internal affairs.

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