Canada’s Trudeau hits China on human rights, ‘coercive diplomacy’

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Canadian prime minister took purpose at Beijing’s report as he marked the fiftieth anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic ties with China.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned China that its “coercive diplomacy,” repressive measures in Hong Kong and detention of Uighur Muslims are counterproductive for itself and the remainder of the world.

Trudeau took purpose at Beijing’s report on Tuesday as he marked the fiftieth anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic ties with China.

“We’ll stay completely dedicated to working with our allies to make sure that China’s strategy of coercive diplomacy, its arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens alongside different residents of different international locations all over the world is just not considered as a profitable tactic by them,” Trudeau mentioned at a press convention.

He additionally talked about Canada’s “concern for the safety of human rights and locations like Hong Kong and … with the Uighurs.”

Trudeau mentioned that Canada would “proceed to work with our fellow like-minded nations all over the world, to impress upon China that its strategy to inner affairs and international affairs is just not on a very productive path for itself or for all of us.”

Ties between the 2 international locations deteriorated in December 2018 after Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief monetary officer of Chinese language telecoms large Huawei, on a US extradition warrant.

Retaliation

Meng was arrested throughout a stopover in Vancouver, the place she has a house, and is charged with financial institution fraud associated to violations of US sanctions in opposition to Iran.

Quickly after, China detained Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig and charged them with spying.

In August this 12 months, a Chinese language courtroom in Guangzhou additionally sentenced Canadian nationwide, Xu Weihong, to demise for drug-related fees.

Final 12 months, two different Canadians, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg and Fan Wei, had been additionally sentenced to demise in separate drug circumstances.

Canada’s ambassador to China obtained “digital consular entry” to Spavor and Kovrig over the weekend, the Overseas Affairs Ministry mentioned on Saturday.

Western governments see the detention of the 2 Canadians as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng.

Canada has additionally stepped up political and diplomatic strain on Beijing.

Earlier this month, a Canadian warship sailed by way of the delicate Taiwan Strait, a voyage that comes at a time of separate navy stress between China and Taiwan.

Canada’s navy has sailed by way of the Taiwan Strait earlier than, together with in September of final 12 months.

China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its personal territory, has stepped up its navy exercise across the island previously few weeks, together with sending fighter jets to cross the unofficial halfway line, which acts as a buffer within the strait.