Chinese diplomat warns Canada against granting asylum to Hong Kong democracy protesters

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned of ongoing danger after South China Sea flight blocked

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned of ongoing danger after South China Sea flight blocked

The reality is that the vast majority of asylum seekers trying to get out of Hong Kong are doing so because China's dictators in Beijing imposed a draconian national security law there.

That was done in retaliation for Canada honouring is extradition treaty with the US with regard to the case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, in a blatant bid by China to swap Meng for Canada's two Michaels.

Asked about Cong's remarks which were interpreted as a warning by Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here that, "the Chinese embassy in Canada just made clear our just position on issues relating to Hong Kong".

The landmark decision makes it likely other Hong Kongers will be given sanctuary in Canada, which has emerged as a top destination for those fleeing Beijing's crackdown. The US, Britain and Canada accuse China of infringing on the city's freedoms. "And certainly, it will embolden those violent criminals", Cong said in a video press conference.

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

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne called Cong's statement "totally unacceptable and disturbing".

Trudeau says that Canadians need to know their government will stand up for them around the world.

China and Canada are marking 50 years since they forged diplomatic ties - but those relations are deeply strained. Meng, who is now facing trial in the case, is also the daughter of Chinese telecom giant Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.

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

Canadian former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested in China on spying charges soon afterward, disappearing into Beijing's opaque judicial system.

Mr Trudeau's government has faced mounting pressure to fix relations with Beijing, almost two years after the arrest of Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman.

Then on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned the detention of the two Canadians saying Canada would work with others to ensure China's "coercive diplomacy" would not be successful.

Police stand guard to avoid mass a gathering during a protest urging the release of twelve Hong Kong activists, detained on the Chinese mainland, who were arrested at sea after attempting to flee to Taiwan, on Chinese National Day in Hong Kong, China October 1, 2020. A large number of Hong Kong residents have been leaving the former British colony resenting China's move to extend the new security law to the specially administered province.

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