Justin Trudeau Hits Back At China | All Round View

Justin Trudeau Hits Back At China

All Round View (Peshawar): Canada will continue to defend human rights in China, prime minister Justin Trudeau has pledged after a top Chinese diplomat warned Ottawa against welcoming Hong Kong pro-democracy activists. China’s ambassador to Ottawa, Cong Peiwu, warned Canada on Thursday against granting asylum to Hong Kong activists, which he said could have consequences for the “health and security” for the 300,000 Canadians living in the theoretically autonomous Chinese territory. The Canadian daily The Globe and Mail said Ottawa had recently granted asylum to a Hong Kong couple, which the Canadian government has neither confirmed nor denied. “We will stand up loudly and clearly for human rights, all around the world, whether it’s talking about the situation faced by the Uighurs, whether it’s talking about the very concerning situation in Hong Kong, whether it’s calling out China for its coercive diplomacy,” said Trudeau on Friday when asked about the Chinese ambassador’s comments.
But he added: “We don’t look to escalate.”
In a sign of the rising tensions between the two countries, Canadian foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne had earlier slammed the ambassador’s remarks as “totally unacceptable and disturbing”. For his part, the new leader of the conservative opposition, Erin O’Toole, called on the Chinese diplomat “to fully retract his remarks and issue a public apology”.
“Should the Ambassador fail to do so expeditiously, we expect the government to withdraw his credentials,” he said.

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