Chinese ambassador accuses Canada of 'white supremacy' in Huawei case

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2019

A Chinese envoy on Wednesday (Jan 9) accused Canada and its allies of "Western egotism and white supremacy" for demanding the immediate release of two Canadians held for alleged spying.

A lack of concern in Canada for Ms Meng suggested that humanitarian treatment was deemed necessary only for Canadian citizens, not Chinese people, he added.

In an essay in the Hill Times, which covers Parliament and the federal government, Ambassador Lu Shaye questioned whether countries such as the USA and Britain are truly representative of the worldwide community and he reiterated his government's assertion that Western countries are employing a "double standard" in judging his country.

In his letter, Lu complains about the actions of the Canadian government in regards to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a dual Chinese-Canadian citizen in Canada, and Ottowa's reaction to Beijing's December arrests of two Canadian citizens in China. "What they have been doing is not showing respect for the rule of law, but mocking and trampling the rule of law", Lu wrote.

Canadian citizens businessman Michael Spavor and ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig have been detained in Canada on the grounds of "endangering China's security", a phrase often used in connection with espionage.

Meng is now living in a luxury home in Vancouver after being released on bail pending the outcome of an extradition hearing.

Although it hasn't yet been proven that between Meng's arrest is linked to the two Canadians, Lu penned a separate op-ed for Canada's Globe and Mail last month that was widely read as an admission.

"I don't know what the ambassador was trying to accomplish but his article won't help China's cause", Paris said.

"I am struck by how brazen they are being by making this appeal", Ku said.

"It seems that, to those people, the laws of Canada or other Western countries are laws and must be observed, while China's laws are not, and shouldn't be respected". "He says "You are being racist by not respecting our law.' That's an easy card to play".

A message for the Chinese embassy in Ottawa was not immediately returned. "We also believe this is not only a Canadian issue..."

"I have recently heard a word repeatedly pronounced by some Canadians: bullying".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said Canada has followed the rule of law in arresting Meng because of its extradition law with the U.S. She and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have stressed that the arrest of Meng was a legal matter that was divorced from politics.

In their meetings with Chinese officials, Cooper said, the delegation has been "emphasizing the facts" that differentiate the circumstances faced by Meng in Canada and Kovrig and Spavor in China.

Canada has asked the support of other nations such as the United States, Germany, France, the European Union, Australia, and the United Kingdom, to drum up support for Canada's call to release the two Canadian citizens.

Freeland's spokesman Alex Lawrence reiterated Canada's call for Kovrig and Spavor to be released immediately and reaffirmed the global support Canada is receiving. Trudeau has said Canada had no choice but to arrest Meng during a stopover in Vancouver last month due to an extradition treaty with the US.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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