OTTAWA — The chinese ambassador in Ottawa says that Canada and its western allies, behave like “white supremacist” when they demand the release of two Canadians who have been detained since last month by Beijing.
Observers believe that the prosecution of the ambassador Lu Shaye testament to the chord that the Trudeau government was affected within the communist government by rallying to its cause of important international allies. The u.s. State department has called for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, while Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the european Union and Australia have also issued statements of support.
In an opinion article published Wednesday by the respected Hill Times, which is dedicated to the federal policy, the chinese ambassador asked whether countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom are truly representative of the international community. It also incorporates the same rhetoric of his government, according to which the western countries apply to China as a “double standard” when they make a judgement on this country.
“The reason for which some people are accustomed to adopt with arrogance, the double standard is due to the egocentrism of western and white supremacy,” wrote Mr Read. “They do not respect the rule of law : they will mock and trample upon.”
The canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor, were arrested last month after the arrest in Vancouver, on December 1st, the financial director of Huawei Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the United States, who are demanding his extradition for fraud. Ms. Meng was released on bail pending the hearing of the case for extradition, but neither Mr. Kovrig nor Mr. Spavor have not been formally accused nor even allowed access to a lawyer.
The conservative mp Michael Cooper, who is part of a delegation of canadian parliamentarians visit to China this week, said that the remarks of the ambassador Lu did not reply, “because it is absurd”. In a telephone interview from the south of China, Mr. Cooper has argued Wednesday that during their talks with chinese officials this week, the members of the delegation had “insisted on” the facts, to mark what distinguishes the arrest of Ms. Meng and those of MESSRS. Kovrig and Spavor.
“The rights of Ms. Meng have been protected, it has been released on bail, she has access to consular services, to a lawyer – just the opposite of MESSRS. Spavor and Kovrig,” recalled the member of parliament for alberta.
“Denial of justice”
The embassy of China in Ottawa did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday; she has several times refused the interview requests from The canadian Press over the last few weeks.
Last month, the newspaper The Globe and Mail also published an opinion letter of Mr. Read, in which he referred to the arrest in Canada of Ms. Meng’s “denial of justice”, which “cooled” the feelings of the chinese people to Canada. According to Mr. Lu, Ottawa is an accomplice of a “witch-hunt” conducted by the United States.
“The ambassador has obviously been tasked to replicate, a sign that the criticisms of China are starting to get there,” says David Mulroney, Canada’s ambassador to Beijing from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Read, “that starts a bunch of things on the wall in the hope that something adheres to the”, he believes.
Still, the Chinese have tightened up considerably in tone, evoking the”self-centeredness of western and white supremacy,” according to Fen Hampson, programme manager of global security at the Centre for innovation in international governance, Waterloo, Ontario.
“They are undermining their own position – or, to paraphrase queen Gertrude in Hamlet : “China is too many protests, it seems to me,” said Mr Hampson. The Chinese will complain invariably of the double standard, but in terms of the rule of law and human rights, it is perfectly clear that they have a standard and that the western democracies have another.”
The minister of foreign Affairs, asked by chrystia Freeland, and the prime minister Justin Trudeau, have repeatedly stressed that Canada is in compliance with the rule of law by arresting Ms. Meng, there has long been an extradition treaty with the United States. They have often reiterated that the politicians could not meddle in a matter that is eminently judicial.