Trudeau says Canada won't stop calling out China for coercive diplomacy

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On Thursday, the Chinese ambassador to Canada warned Ottawa against granting asylum to Hong Kong residents fleeing the situation, saying doing so would amount to interfering in China's internal affairs. Shortly after Meng's arrest, Beijing detained two Canadians on national security charges and halted imports of canola seed.

"We strongly urge the Canadian side not (to) grant so-called political asylum to those violent criminals in Hong Kong", Ambassador Cong Peiwu said Thursday in a video press conference from the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.

Cherie Wong, the executive director of Alliance Canada Hong Kong, said Cong's comment is a "direct threat" to all Canadians.

A Cathay Pacific Airways passenger plane in a flight to Hong Kong August 15, 2017.

Recently, Hong Kong has warned Taiwan regarding China.

In a sign of the rising tensions between the two countries, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne had earlier slammed the ambassador's remarks as "totally unacceptable and disturbing".

China and Canada are marking 50 years since they forged diplomatic ties - but those relations are deeply strained. While Canada has also denounced China for their acts, Trudeau continues to meet with lobbyists tied to the CCP and hasn't ruled out if he will ban Chinese telecom company Huawei.

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Meng was arrested on a U.S. warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and is charged with bank fraud related to violations of United States sanctions against Iran.

Meng has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition in a Canadian court.

The tension between the two was ignited by the 2018 detention in Vancouver of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a USA extradition request, and subsequent arrest and imprisonment of two Canadians in China on alleged espionage charges.

Western governments see the detention of the two Canadians as direct retaliation by Beijing.

"There's no coercive diplomacy on the Chinese side", said Mr Cong. She said she had been detained by Chinese police and held in custody at various detention centers where she was subjected to mental abuse as she tried to return to her home in Shenzhen a year ago.

"Their actions are the reason that many Hong Kongers are seeking asylum in Canada, because they no longer feel safe in Hong Kong or their human rights will be protected in Hong Kong under control of the new National Security Law", she said in a statement. "Hong Kong affairs are entirely China's internal affairs, and allow no foreign interference".

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