China warns Canada over Hong Kong interference

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China has threatened further damage to its diplomatic relations with Canada if it continues to interfere with Hong Kong following the imposition of a new security law.

Last week, Ottawa suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and halted exports of sensitive military gear to the financial hub as Western nations voiced concern about the impact of the legislation on the Hong Kong’s special rights.

The new law, which was brought in last week, targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments of up to life in prison.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman warned that it would retaliate if Canada does not immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.

“China strongly condemns this and reserves the right to make a further response. All consequences arising therefrom will be borne by Canada,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular briefing.

“Any attempt to put pressure on China will never succeed,” Zhao said.

“China urges Canada to immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any way, so as to avoid further damage to China-Canada relations.”

Relations between Beijing and Ottawa have deteriorated since Canadian authorities arrested top Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in December 2018, and China later detained two Canadians, including a former diplomat.




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