Published: Sat, October 17, 2020

Canada Rejects Chinese Warning Against Granting Asylum to Hong Kong Protesters

Canada Rejects Chinese Warning Against Granting Asylum to Hong Kong Protesters

Meng Wanzhou is living under house capture in Vancouver while her case wends through a British Columbia court.

She also said she was interrogated nearly every day about her participation in the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests. Sputnik quoted the Ambassador as saying to the Canadian press on Thursday (local time), "We strongly urge the Canadian side not (to) grant so-called political asylum to those violent criminals in Hong Kong".

The Chinese represetative to Canada cautioned the Trudeau government today not to concede refuge to Hong Kong occupants escaping a generally scrutinized public security law forced by Beijing. "And certainly, it will embolden those violent criminals".

In a video conference from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa he further stated, "If the Canadian side really cares about the stability and the prosperity in Hong Kong, and really cares about the good health and safety of those 300,000 Canadian passport-holders in Hong Kong, and the large number of Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong SAR, you should support those efforts to fight violent crimes".

When asked by reporters if that latter comment was a threat, Cong replied: "That's your interpretation".

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne called Cong Peiwu's statements, "inappropriate".

China and Canada are marking 50 years since they forged diplomatic ties - but those relations are deeply strained.

Relations between China and Canada have been icy since December 2018 when Canada, acting on a U.S. warrant, arrested the chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

In December 2018, China imprisoned Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and charged them with undermining the country's national security.

The US sanctioned Chinese politicians over the summer.

She is now fighting her extradition to the United States, where she faces fraud charges, in court.

Western governments see the detention of the two Canadians as direct retaliation by Beijing.

"I am pleased that both sides have agreed on the key features to underpin the expeditious conclusion of the ATB between two major global aviation hubs in the world", Yau said.

Hong Kong's Commerce Secretary Edward Yau and Singapore's Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said travelers under the scheme would need to get negative COVID-19 test results and travel on dedicated flights.

The law outlaws subversive, secessionist, and terrorist activity, as well as collusion with foreign powers to interfere in the city's internal affairs.

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