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Canada China's new envoy says Canadians should speak out against Hong Kong protests

01:31  23 november  2019
01:31  23 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Brian Kim sitting at a table: Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Canada Cong Peiwu participates in a roundtable interview with journalists at the Embassy of China in Ottawa, on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.  © Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Canada Cong Peiwu participates in a roundtable interview with journalists at the Embassy of China in Ottawa, on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. 

OTTAWA — Beijing has a new representative in Canada but his stern message to Ottawa remains the same as his predecessor's: release Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou, arrested in Vancouver nearly a year ago at the request of the United States.

In a roundtable interview Friday, Chinese ambassador Cong Peiwu also urged Canadians to speak out loudly against the "violent criminals" protesting for more freedom in Hong Kong, citing the risks to Canadian citizens and companies there.

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"What happened in Hong Kong has nothing to do with democracy or human rights," said the 52-year-old Cong, who arrived in Ottawa two months ago.

"We do hope the Canadian side will send out a clear message to ask those rioters to stop the violence."

Cong denounced U.S. legislation aimed at sanctioning Chinese and Hong Kong officials who abuse human rights. He cautioned Canada against any such action, suggesting it would cause "very bad damage" to the bilateral relationship "and that's not in the interest of Canada."

"We are determined to safeguard our national sovereignty, our core interests, our security," he said. "And we are determined to oppose any foreign intervention."

Relations between Ottawa and Beijing have been fractious since early last December, when Canadian authorities took Meng into custody over American allegations of violating sanctions on Iran. Her extradition case is before a Canadian court.

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Soon after Meng was arrested, Beijing detained two Canadians, businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig, on allegations of undermining China's national security.

The developments are widely seen in Canada as retaliation for the detention of Meng.

Cong said Meng's arrest and pending extradition to the U.S. amount to arbitrary detention, leading to the problems Canada and China are experiencing.

"Of course, it's sad to know that our relationship has had difficulties," he said. But releasing Meng would pave the way for the connection to return to normal, Cong added.

Meng is free on bail, living in a comfortable Vancouver house. Canadian officials have met with Kovrig and Spavor several times since their arrests, but they have been denied access to lawyers or family.

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The U.S. State Department has called for the release of the two Canadians. Germany, France, Britain, the European Union and Australia have also issued supportive statements.

Still, Cong insisted Friday the Canadians' "lawful rights have been fully guaranteed."

The ambassador tried to play down any fears about allowing Huawei to help build Canada's next-generation 5G mobile networks.

Some security experts say Huawei's participation could give it access to a wide range of digital data gleaned from how, when and where Canadian customers use their electronic devices. In turn, Chinese security agencies would find that information highly interesting.

Cong dismissed the notion Huawei could compromise users' security by installing "back-door" channels in devices, calling it a "groundless accusation."

"So we do hope the Canadian side will provide a fair, just and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese companies, including Huawei."

For its part, Huawei stresses it is not a state-controlled enterprise and that it would never spy on behalf of China or any other country.

Still hope for U.S.-China deal this year: U.S. official

  Still hope for U.S.-China deal this year: U.S. official Still hope for U.S.-China deal this year: U.S. officialHALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) - United States national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on Saturday that an initial trade agreement with China is still possible by the end of the year, but warned President Donald Trump would not turn a blind eye to what happens in Hong Kong.

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Later, China also leased the rest of Hong Kong - the New Territories - to the British for 99 years. It became a busy trading port, and its economy took off The fact that protests have now returned is not necessarily surprising. There' s a rich history of dissent in Hong Kong , stretching back further even

Another point of contention is China's ban on imports of Canadian canola seed, over what it alleges is contamination. The dispute is now in the hands of the World Trade Organization.

Earlier this month, word came that a Chinese ban would be lifted on imports of Canadian pork and beef products, estimated to have cost farmers almost $100 million.

China suspended imports in June, saying its customs inspectors discovered residue from a restricted feed additive in a batch of Canadian pork products. A subsequent probe found a forged veterinary health certificate related to the batch, prompting an RCMP investigation.

At an international security forum in Halifax, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Friday that while there are major challenges in Canada's relationship with China — including the detention of Kovrig and Spavor — there is co-operation on "certain aspects of trade," and now is the time to try to work together to find solutions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2019.

— With a file from Keith Doucette in Halifax

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Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Press

Trump's signing of a Hong Kong human rights bill reportedly slashed efforts towards a China trade deal .
A source close to Trump's negotiating team told Axios that the US and China may not sign a "phase-one" trade deal until the "year-end at the earliest."A source close to Trump's negotiating team told Axios that the US and China may not sign a "phase-one" trade deal until the "year-end at the earliest." The source attributed the delay to legislation that Trump signed last week called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which protects certain human rights in Hong Kong.

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