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A high Chinese diplomat warned Canada Thursday towards granting asylum to Hong Kong democracy protesters, including that doing so might jeopardize the “health and safety” of Canadians living within the southern Chinese monetary hub.The remarks by Cong Peiwu, Beijing’s Ottawa envoy, prompted a rebuke from Canada’s international minister, additional escalating tensions between the 2 nations.Cong was responding to reviews {that a} Hong Kong couple who took half in final yr’s enormous and typically violent protests had been granted refugee standing.The landmark resolution makes it doubtless different Hong Kongers will likely be given sanctuary in Canada, which has emerged as a high vacation spot for these fleeing Beijing’s crackdown.”We strongly urge the Canadian side not (to) grant so-called political asylum to those violent criminals in Hong Kong because it is the interference in China’s domestic affairs. And certainly, it will embolden those violent criminals,” Cong stated in a video press convention.”So 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,” Cong stated.When requested by reporters if that latter remark was a menace, Cong replied: “That’s your interpretation.”Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne described Cong’s feedback as “totally unacceptable and disturbing”.”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,” he stated in a press release carried by the Globe and Mail and different Canadian information retailers.China and Canada are marking 50 years since they cast diplomatic ties — however these relations are deeply strained.Ties plummeted following Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief monetary officer of Chinese telecoms big Huawei and daughter of its founder.Meng was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 throughout a stopover in Vancouver and is charged with financial institution fraud associated to violations of US sanctions towards Iran. She has been preventing extradition ever since.Canadian former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor had been arrested in China on spying prices quickly afterwards, disappearing into Beijing’s opaque judicial system.Western governments see the detention of the 2 Canadians as direct retaliation by Beijing. On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hit out at Beijing for what he stated was its “coercive diplomacy” in addition to the continued crackdowns in Hong Kong and on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. Cong rejected Trudeau’s feedback at his Thursday press convention. “There is no coercive diplomacy on the Chinese side,” he stated.”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,” he added.bur-jta/jah

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