Canada accuses China of coercive diplomacy


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned China for its “coercive diplomacy” and oppressive actions in Hong Kong. He said his government would stand with Uighur Muslims and Hong Kong citizens who have been protesting against the National Security law enforced by China.

What happened between Canada and China

Who will win their latest war of words?

Trudeau said China is also involved in coercive diplomacy by arresting two Canadian citizens in a counterstroke to Meng detention.

“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.

We will make sure that China knows that not only are we standing up for human rights and calling on a safe return of the two Michaels who’ve been arbitrarily detained. But we stand with allies around the world and the United States, to Australia, to Great Britain, to European nations to many nations in every corner of the world who share these concerns

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

While on Thursday, the Chinese ambassador advised Canada to stay away from China’s internal affairs and warned Ottawa against permitting asylum to Hong Kong citizens.

China Responds

He also condemned the Canadian allegations of Uighurs Muslim detention in camps and called for Meng’s immediate exoneration.

“It is interference in China’s domestic affairs and certainly will embolden those violent criminals. If Canada wants to keep the 300,000 Canadian passport holders in Hong Kong safe, it should not want to protect them from such “violent criminals. There’s no coercive diplomacy on the Chinese side. Those two Canadian citizens have been prosecuted because they were suspected of engaging in activities that endanger our national security.” Said Cong Peiwu.

The tension between the two countries exits since December 2018, when Canada arrested a Chinese citizen Meng Wanzhou, on a U.S warrant. Meng, Huawei Chief Financial Officer, was charged with allegations of fraud. According to the U.S., Huawei misled Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) about its selling equipment to Iran.

Conclusion

Shortly after Meng’s detention, China arrested two Canadian Citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were accused of espionage. After the arrest of Huawei’s Chief Financial officer, China also ceased Canola seeds’ imports to Canada.

Now let’s see whether both countries would revive their strong ties in the coming days, or this exchange of allegations would further flare up the situation.