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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Comment on Relevant Countries' Remarks
2018/12/24

Q: Canada's Foreign Minister said over the weekend that Canada will press its allies to keep talking out about the case of the two Canadians detained by China. The Canadian Foreign Minister also said that she had discussed the conditions under which the Canadians have been detained with the Chinese side. Also last week, both Britain and the EU expressed concerns about the detention of the Canadians. What is your reaction?

A: The Chinese side is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the relevant remarks made by these individual countries including Canada and the US. China's competent authorities took compulsory measures in accordance with the law against the Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor because they engaged in activities undermining China's national security. The relevant departments in China have ensured their legitimate rights and interests in accordance with the law and offered necessary assistance to the Canadian side to fulfill their consular duties. We urge the relevant countries to earnestly respect China's judicial sovereignty.

As for the UK and the EU expressing concern over the detention of the Canadian citizens, I wonder how they are involved in this case? Where were their voices when the senior manager of the Chinese company was illegally detained by the Canadian side at the behest of the US side? It is quite obvious that the human rights they are talking about have different standards when it comes to citizens of different countries.

I also want to ask the Canadian side something. At the behest of the US side, it illegally detained the senior manager of the Chinese company who has violated no Canadian laws as the Canadian side itself has acknowledged. This action, which is far from legal, legitimate and reasonable, is what truly merits the name of arbitrary detention. The Canadian side cannot stop talking about its so-called legal obligations under its bilateral extradition treaty with the US. Does that mean that it can turn a blind eye to and trample on the basic norms of international law and international relations? Does that mean that it is okay for Canada to ignore its obligations in terms of protecting the legal rights and interests of Chinese nationals?

We have all noticed that such moves by the Canadian and US sides have invoked severe criticism and strong opposition from people with a sense of justice in Canada, the US and other countries. The ugly nature and impacts of the Meng Wanzhou case cannot be clearer. Once again, we strongly urge the Canadian side to correct its mistakes, immediately release Ms. Meng Wanzhou, and ensure her legal and legitimate rights and interests. We also strongly urge the US side to immediately withdraw its arrest order for Ms. Meng Wanzhou.

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