On Friday, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau promised that his country would continue to defend human rights in China. The announcement comes immediately after a Chinese diplomat warned Ottawa against welcoming Hong Kong pro-democracy activists.

On Thursday, Cong Peiwu, the Chinese ambassador to Ottawa warned Canada against granting asylum to Hong Kong activists. Peiwu exclaimed, “This action can impact the health and security of 3,00,000 Canadians living in the autonomous Chinese territory!” Responding to the comments made by the Chinese ambassador, Trudeau commented that Canada would stand up loudly and clearly for all human rights all across the globe. “Canada will stand up for human rights across the globe, whether the situation is faced by Uighurs, Hong Kong, or whether it is calling out China for its coercive diplomacy,” stated Trudeau.

Previously, Ottawa had granted asylum to a Hong Kong couple. The decision was neither confirmed nor denied by the Trudeau. Since 2018, there is increasing tension between China and Canada. This was due to Canada acting on a US warrant that detained the chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms against Huawei. Shortly after the arrest, on the other hand, China arrested a former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, and a businessman, Michael Spavor.

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