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Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada on the Meng Wanzhou Incident and the Cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor

Recently, the leaders of Canada made irresponsible remarks on China’s handling the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in accordance with law. Some Canadian media also made some distorted reports. The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition. I would like to emphasize the following points:

Firstly, China is a country with rule of law. Chinese judicial organs handle cases in accordance with law. After due investigation, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were formally prosecuted by Chinese procuratorial organs. The facts are clear and evidence solid and sufficient. The accusation of so-called “arbitrarily” detaining Canadian citizens is totally groundless. Chinese judicial organs will continue to handle the above cases strictly in accordance with law, and protect the two Canadians’ lawful rights.

Secondly, the Meng Wanzhou incident is a grave political incident concocted by the United States to suppress Chinese high-tech enterprises and Huawei, and Canada is its accomplice. This is really arbitrary detention. The Meng Wanzhou incident is totally different from the cases of the two Canadians in essence. On June 24th, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson quoted Michael Kovrig’s wife when answering questions from a reporter about the Meng Wanzhou incident and the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. However, some Canadian media deliberately reported Michael Kovrig’s wife’s remarks as the spokesperson’s statement, and claimed that China linked the Meng Wanzhou incident with the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. This is ill-intentioned, has seriously misled the public and violated professional ethics.

Thirdly, the Chinese side once again urges the Canadian side to take seriously China’s solemn positions, earnestly respect the spirit of the rule of law and China's judicial sovereignty, stop making irresponsible remarks on cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and exerting pressure on China through “Megaphone Diplomacy”. At the same time, Canada should reflect on its mistakes in the Meng Wanzhou incident, stop political manipulation, immediately release Ms. Meng Wanzhou and ensure her safe return to China.

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