Trudeau hits China on human rights

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned China about its human rights record

PM Trudeau has criticised China’s human rights record and repressive measures, also remarking that these are counterproductive for the country. He took to warn China as he marked the 50th anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic ties with China. Trudeau, moreover, stated that Canada ‘will continue to work with our fellow like-minded nations around the world’. He also mentioned that Canada commits to showing China that ‘┬áits approach to internal affairs and global affairs is not on a particularly productive path for itself or for all of us’.

The Prime Minister and the country of Canada remain concerned for the situation in Hong Kong and with the Uighur minority. The politician amply criticised China’s policy of ‘coercive diplomacy’. Canada and China have always been on good term, even though ties deteriorated in 2018. That’s when Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, on a US extradition warrant. The police stopped Wanzhou during a layover in Vancouver, sparking China’s repercussions.

Soon after that, Chinese police arrested Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, charging them with spying. Another Canadian national, Xu Weihong, was sentenced to death on drug-related charges in August of 2020. Many governments and experts are quite adamant in seeing these detentions and court charges as retaliation for Meng’s arrest.

But Canada’s pressure tools are not only Trudeau’s speeches. Earlier in October, a warship from the Canadian Navy sailed through the Taiwan Strait. This comes at a sensitive time of military tension between China and Taiwan. China, on the other hand, claims Taiwan is part of its own territory and has sent fighter jets across the buffer zone.