PM Trudeau says Canada will not cease calling out China for ‘coercive diplomacy’

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his authorities is not going to cease standing up for human rights in China – or calling out Beijing for its coercive method to diplomacy.

Trudeau says that features the scenario in Hong Kong, the place pro-democracy activists have been protesting a extensively criticized nationwide safety legislation imposed on the territory by Beijing.

On Thursday, the Chinese language ambassador to Canada warned Ottawa in opposition to granting asylum to Hong Kong residents fleeing the scenario, saying doing so would quantity to interfering in China’s inside affairs.

Cong Peiwu mentioned if Canada cares about 300,000 Canadian residents in Hong Kong – and Canadian corporations doing enterprise there – it ought to assist efforts to struggle what he known as struggle violent crime.

Trudeau mentioned China is partaking in coercive diplomacy by imprisoning two Canadian males, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese language high-tech government on an American extradition warrant.

“We’ll make it possible for China is aware of that not solely are we standing up for human rights and calling on a secure return of the 2 Michaels who’ve been arbitrarily detained,” Trudeau mentioned, “however we stand with allies world wide and america, to Australia, to Nice Britain, to European nations to many countries in each nook of the world who share these issues.”

Cong instructed reporters in a video press convention on Thursday that China views criticism of its file on human rights as political interference. He additionally rebutted allegations that China has forcibly detained ethnic Muslim Uighurs within the nation’s southeast.

“We’ll get up loudly and clearly for human rights all world wide,” Trudeau mentioned Friday. “Whether or not it is speaking concerning the scenario confronted by the Uighurs, whether or not it is … speaking concerning the very regarding scenario in Hong Kong, whether or not it is calling out China for its coercive diplomacy.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Oct. 16, 2020.