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China’s ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, warned the Canadian government that granting asylum to Hong Kong Chinese activists, threatens the security of businesses and the nearly 300,000 Canadians living in the former British colony.

Cong issued the warning during a press conference in Ottawa, a few days after it became known that Canada has granted political refuge to at least two pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong, the scene for months of massive protests against attempts by the Beijing authorities to limit their autonomy.

Threats to Canada

“We strongly demand that the Canadian side not grant the call political asylum those violent criminals in Hong Kong because it is an interference in China’s domestic affairs and it will surely embolden those violent criminals, “Cong stated.

“If the Canadian side is really concerned about the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong, it is really concerned about the health and safety of Hong Kong. 300,000 with Canadian passports in Hong Kong and the large number of Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong should support efforts to fight violent crime, “added Cong.

The ambassador also warned that Beijing will take “decisive measures” if the Canadian Parliament condemns the Chinese persecution of the Muslim minority in the country, the Uyghurs.

Organizations defending the human rights They have denounced that around 1.8 million Uyghurs, as well as other Muslim groups, are being arbitrarily detained and sent by Beijing to re-education camps and forced labor.

Bad bilateral relations

Cong’s remarks come at a time when relations between Canada and China, which marked 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties on Tuesday, are at their worst due to the arrest in Canada of the Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou, and the arrest in China of two Canadian citizens.

Meng went torrested on December 1, 2018 at the request of the US authorities when he made a stop in Vancouver.

US pressure

The businesswoman, whose extradition requests Washington, is accused of bank fraud to violate the trade sanctions that the United States has imposed against Iran, something that Huawei denies.

Currently, Huawei’s CFO, and daughter of the company’s founder, resides in one of the mansions she owns in Vancouver, waiting for the Canadian courts decide on the US extradition request.

Immediately after Meng’s arrest, China detained two Canadian citizens, diplomat on leave of absence Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. The two are in isolation in Chinese prisons and only occasionally receive visits from Canadian consular representatives.

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