China denies “coercive” diplomacy with Canada, calls for release of Huawei executive

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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese citizen, was arrested in Vancouver in late 2018 on a bank fraud warrant issued by US authorities.

Meng said she was innocent and was fighting extradition in a Canadian court. Shortly after Meng’s arrest, Beijing detained two Canadians on national security charges and halted imports of canola seeds.

Tensions erupted again this week when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would work with his allies to tackle China’s “coercive diplomacy”. He warned that the arbitrary arrests, the repression in Hong Kong and the placement of Muslim minorities in detention camps were “not a particularly productive path.”

This earned him an official reprimand from the Chinese government on Wednesday.

“There is no coercive diplomacy on the Chinese side,” Cong Peiwu, envoy from China to Ottawa, said in a video conference on Twitter. “These two Canadian citizens have been prosecuted on suspicion of engaging in activities that endanger our national security. “Cong went on to say that Meng and the arrests of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were “unrelated” and that it was Canada that used “coercive measures” in arresting Meng when “she was not violating any Canadian law ”.

Cong again called for Meng’s immediate release “to create the conditions to get Canada-China relations back on track.”

Responding to a question on a media report that a pro-democracy protester from Hong Kong had been granted asylum in Canada, Cong said China has strongly insisted that Hong Kong’s “violent criminals” not see each other. grant asylum.

“It is interference in the internal affairs of China and it will certainly embolden these violent criminals,” he said. If Canada wants to ensure the safety of the 300,000 Canadian passport holders in Hong Kong, it should not want to protect them from these “violent criminals,” he added.

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