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Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks

Q:On February 15, Canada and some other countries issued the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention. At the launch of the Declaration, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch accused China of “arbitrary detention” of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor . How do you comment on this?

A: On February 15, the Canadian side issued the so-called Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention with some other countries, and deliberately arranged someone from the Human Rights Watch to accuse China of “arbitrary detention” of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor at the launch of the Declaration, which is totally fact-distorting and ill-intentioned. The Chinese side expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition over this, and has lodged stern representations with the Canadian side.

As is well known to all that the Meng Wanzhou case is a completely political incident. Canada has arbitrarily detained Ms. Meng Wanzhou, an innocent Chinese citizen who violates no Canadian law at all, for over two years. By doing so, the Canadian side has grossly trampled the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese citizen, which is arbitrary detention in every sense of the term. One the one hand, the Canadian side claims that it upholds the rule of law and opposes arbitrary detention. On the other hand, it acts as an accomplice of the US, and helps the US to use Meng Wanzhou as a bargaining chip to oppress Chinese enterprises. This kind of act is no different from a thief shouting to catch a thief. How hypocritical and despicable!

I would like to stress once again that China is a country with rule of law. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested and prosecuted by competent authorities of China in accordance with law for suspected crimes undermining China's national security. Chinese judicial organs handle the cases independently according to law and their lawful rights have been guaranteed. The Canadian side’s attempt to pressure China by using “Megaphone Diplomacy” or ganging up is totally futile and will only head towards a dead end.

The Chinese side once again urges the Canadian side to reflect on its wrongdoing, release Meng Wanzhou immediately, make sure she can return to China safe and sound, and stop creating new obstacles in bilateral relations in any form.

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