Skip to comments.Chinese Ambassador Makes Outrageous Veiled Threat To Canadians Living and Working In Hong Kong
Posted on 10/17/2020 9:10:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Canada and China are once again in a diplomatic battle over a range of issues this time with Beijing threatening retaliation over Canada's acceptance of activists from Hong Kong who are seeking political asylum.
Chinas ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu issued a somewhat unprecedented threat to Ottawa late this week, saying that accepting anti-China activists could jeopardize the health and safety of 300,000 Canadians who live in Hong Kong.
We strongly urge the Canadian side not to grant so-called political asylum to those violent criminals in Hong Kong, because it is interference in Chinas domestic affairs, and certainly it will embolden those violent criminals, Cong said.
Ambassador Cong Peiwu
If the Canadian side really cares about the stability and prosperity in Hong Kong, and really cares about the good health and safety of those 300,000 Canadian passport holders in Hong Kong, and a large number of Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong, you should support those efforts to fight violent crimes. This was widely taken as an ominous threat of retaliatory action against Canadian citizens and companies in the region.
Ironically the ultra-provocative remarks came during an event marking the 50th anniversary of Canadian and Chinese diplomatic relations. When pressed over whether the statements were a threat, the ambassador left if open, replying: That is your interpretation.
Cong was also responding to the move among dozens of Canadian MPs and senators recently calling for their country to accept more Hong Kong activists in the wake of the over 3-month old Chinese national security law. A number of prominent pro-independence activists fled in the wake of the harsh law, given it's rumored to apply retroactively, and can carry stiff jail sentences for mere political speech, should that speech be dubbed by authorities incitement or "terroristic".
According to Canadian national media reports:
"Canada has accepted at least two Hong Kong activists as refugees, granting them protection in early September. More than 45 other dissidents are awaiting approval for asylum, sources have told The Globe."
Cong had defended the national security law as ensuring "stability" after months of protests, riots, and clashes with police which turned violent and often led to massive destruction of property and temporary shutdowns to things like public transit.
A threat to Canadians anywhere, is a threat to Canadians everywhere.
My statement on the Chinese Ambassadors remarks about those fleeing Hong Kong to seek asylum in Canada: pic.twitter.com/BqEMbBDmgl Erin O'Toole (@erinotoole) October 16, 2020
I want to make clear that a stable and prosperous Hong Kong is not only in the interest of the vast majority of Hong Kong residents, but it is also conducive to the majority of those law-abiding foreigners and enterprises in Hong Kong, Cong emphasized.
Canada's Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne immediately protested the deeply "inappropriate" comments. The reported comments by the Chinese ambassador are totally unacceptable and disturbing, he said in a statement. I have instructed Global Affairs to call the Ambassador in to make clear in no uncertain terms that Canada will always stand up for human rights and the rights of Canadians around the world.
Cong had also taken Trudeau's prior statements to task alleging the mainland's coercive diplomacy in its crackdown in Hong Kong. Trudeau had also mentioned arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in government-run camps.
There is no coercive diplomacy on the Chinese side, Cong responded Thursday. The Hong Kong issue and the Xinjiang-related issue are not about the issue of human rights. They are purely about internal affairs of China, which brooks no interference from the outside.
Amid ongoing political turmoil in Hong Kong, dozens of pro-democracy activists have made asylum claims in Canada. Our @jonvhernandez spoke with one Vancouver-based man whos eagerly awaiting approval from Ottawa.https://t.co/ROuZBwxBPu pic.twitter.com/21ay0EPibz CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) October 10, 2020
He also hit Ottawa over the still contested Huawei affair, charging that Canada is ultimately an accomplice to Washington in detaining Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou.
There's been a rapidly downward spiral in diplomatic relations between China and Canada springing from the Huawei controversy, but especially following the mainland's crackdown on protests in Hong Kong. Last month China walked away from free trade talks with China, which had been in process for a year.
We had better realize that a major war with China is not unlikely.
Canada should do what I advocated for the US to do, tell its’ citizens in Red China and Hong Kong that they cannot protect them from arbitrary/fake arrests by the Communists and to get the hell out of the area, taking their money and businesses with them.
They’re Canadians? Well, they’re on their own.
It's a Canadian thang...
What is President Trump likely to advise?
If Trump can get Trudeau of Canada to issue a joint declaration of the dangerousness of visiting and/or doing business in Red China and Hong Kong(I’ve been to HK and Taiwan/Quemoy), they will be forcing their citizens to make a life-threatening choice.
Red China needs US and Canadian dollars. Even a loss of millions in the near future will hurt their economic hold on both HG and RC. A little, but it would send a good message.
We don’t need Red China as our business orientations will be moving to the Middle East and with our Asian allies.
Keep blowing your horn China, you made so many new friends that way.
China taxes CAnadian speech with hostages in HK
But CAnada hates nuclear weapons so, they will eat chicom bish
State Department travel advisory September 15, 2020.
The balance of soybean payments will make a difference. Does China need our soybeans worse than our farmers need Chinese soybean payments?
Why aren’t we accepting Hong Kongers?
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