BEIJING — China said Monday it has whined to Canada for allegedly condoning anti-China remarks that appeared in social networking after controversial comments made by the Chinese ambassador.
Ties between the nations are at their lowest point in years past China’s outrage over Canada’s detention of a leading executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.
“If the side cares about the stability and the prosperity of Hong Kong, and cares about the fantastic health and security of these 300,000 Canadian passport-holders at Hong Kong, along with the high number of Canadian firms working in Hong Kong SAR, you ought to encourage those efforts to resist violent offenses,” Cong said in a video news conference in the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.
Cong was asked if his remarks amounted to a hazard, to which he answered, “That’s the interpretation.”
On Saturday, the Toronto Sun published an editorial calling Cong to apologize or abandon Canada. “It is not sufficient for the Trudeau government to publicly scold Cong,” the newspaper said. “If he will not apologize and retract his dangers, then boot him back to Beijing.”
Cherie Wong, the executive manager of Alliance Canada Hong Kong, a group that advocates for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy motion, known as Cong’s remark a”direct threat” to all Canadians.
“It shouldn’t be dropped on Canadians residing in Hong Kong or China, they are next. Ambassador Cong indicated so himself,” Wong explained.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian didn’t identify certain remarks he said led to a willful misinterpretation of Cong’s opinions, but said Canadian leaders” failed to confirm, but also condoned the anti-China remarks dispersing across the country and made groundless accusations against China.”
“We express strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to it and also have lodged solemn complaints with the unwanted,” Zhao told reporters Monday in a daily briefing.
Protests from the Hong Kong and southern Chinese authorities swelled this past year, and Beijing clamped down expressions of anti-government opinion in town using a brand new national security law which took effect June 30.
The legislation outlaws subversive, secessionist, and terrorist activities, in addition to collusion with foreign forces to intervene in the town’s internal affairs. The U.S., Britain, and Canada accuse China of infringing on the town’s freedoms.
In December 2018, China imprisoned two Canadian guys, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and charged them with sabotaging China’s national security. Convicted Canadian drug smuggler Robert Schellenberg was sentenced to death in a surprising retrial soon following Meng’s arrest.