China has threatened Canada to stop criticizing its treatment of the people of Hong Kong following its passing of the new security law that allows the authoritarian government to crack down on pro-democracy activists and strip them of their rights as citizens of Hong Kong.
The Chinese threat comes in the wake of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s condemnation of the security law.
In a news conference on Monday, the Chinese foreign ministry accused Canada of violating international law for criticizing its governance.
“By making such statements and announcing those measures, the Canadian side has turned a blind eye to the basic fact that the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong SAR is conducive to the steady implementation of the ‘one country, two systems’ principle,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian.
“The Canadian side has seriously violated international law and basic norms governing international relations, and grossly interfered in China's internal affairs,” he said. “China strongly condemns that and reserves the right to further react. Canada side will bear all the consequences arising therefrom.”
Zhao’s comments are in response to Canada’s joint efforts with other countries in restricting exports to Hong Kong.
During the event, Zhao also praised the government of Somalia for its commitment to the “one-China” principle and condemned Taiwan for setting up diplomatic offices in Somaliland.
“China firmly opposes the establishment of official institutions or any form of official exchange between the Taiwan authorities and Somaliland,” said Zhao, who reaffirmed the Chinese government’s position that Taiwan belongs to China.
Diplomatic tensions between China and Canada has been heating up following the arrest of Huawei CGO Meng Wanzhou on a US extradition warrant and Canada’s condemnation of China over its unlawful detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.