‘Interference is not tolerated…’ Canada showed China red eyes, expelled Chinese diplomat, was the allegation
Canada has expelled a Chinese diplomat accusing China of interfering in its internal affairs.
A Chinese diplomat accused of having targeted a Canadian MP.
Canada has asked the Chinese diplomat to leave the country within five days.
Ottawa. Canada has shown red eyes to China for its interference in internal affairs. Canada announced on Monday the expulsion of a Chinese diplomat. The Chinese diplomat has been accused of trying to intimidate a Canadian lawmaker critical of Beijing. It is believed that after this decision by Canada, diplomatic relations between the two countries are doomed to deteriorate, which is bad enough.
According to the AFP news agency, in a statement on Monday, Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie said that “the Canadian government has declared Zhao Wei, a diplomat based in Toronto, as ‘persona non grata'”. The foreign minister added: “We will not tolerate any form of foreign interference in our internal affairs. We are firmly resolved to say that it is very important for us to protect democracy.
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Melanie Jolie said “foreign diplomats in Canada have been warned that if they behave like this they will be sent home.” This decision has further strained China-Canada relations, which are already bad. However, China has dismissed allegations of interference in Canada’s internal affairs.
On Monday, the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa released a statement on its website condemning the deportations. In this statement, China reiterated that Beijing has never interfered in Canada’s internal affairs. The statement also said the embassy has filed a formal complaint with the Chinese government. The expelled Chinese diplomat has been asked to leave Canada within five days, according to a source familiar with the matter.
In fact, the Canadian MP had made a statement about China’s Uygar Muslim minority, after which he had become a target of China. The Canadian government could not tolerate this and took action against the Chinese diplomat. Following the Chinese diplomat’s expulsion, local media led by MP Michael Chong revealed that China’s intelligence agency planned to target Chong and his relatives in Hong Kong in February 2021.
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