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Ambassador Cong Peiwu gives an interview to The Hill Times on Meng Wanzhou's arbitrary detention by Canada for 1,000 days
2021/08/27

On August 25, 2021, Ambassador Cong Peiwu gave an interview to The Hill Times on Meng Wanzhou's arbitrary detention by Canada for 1,000 days and other issues.

 

Ambassador Cong emphasized that the past 1,000 days have shown more clearly the political nature of the Meng Wanzhou incident. The incident is purely a political one concocted by the U.S. with the purpose to keep Chinese high-tech companies down and obstruct China's development. The past 1,000 days have proven sufficiently that Canada's acting as a cat's paw of the U.S. is not worthwhile. It must be pointed out that the damages to China-Canada relations are exactly what the United States wants to see, while it is Canada that has paid the bills for it. The past 1,000 days have increasingly proven that the decision based on independence is the way to solve the problem. The U.S. has always been committed to "America First" rather than "Canada First". More and more Canadians with insight have been calling on the Canadian government to terminate the extradition process of Ms. Meng Wanzhou in accordance with the Extradition Act of Canada. The Canadian government should listen carefully to these rational voices. Only through an independent decision can Canada solve the outstanding problem and that is the only right way. The Canadian side should make the right decision out of its own interests, the merits of the matter itself and fairness and justice to release Ms. Meng Wanzhou at an early date to allow her safe return to China.

 

On the issue of origin-tracing of COVID-19, Ambassador Cong said that it is a scientific issue that should proceed with global collaboration. China upholds the principles of openness, transparency, science and cooperation, and has invited WHO experts twice for origins research. The joint WHO-China report  concluded that "a laboratory origin of the pandemic was considered to be extremely unlikely". The report should serve as the basis for the second phase of studies into the origins. For quite some time, the U.S. has been persistently hyping up the so-called "laboratory leak" theory in disregard of the conclusion in the joint WHO-China report. The U.S. has gone so far as to ask the intelligence community to fabricate a so-called report on origins investigation, and the so-called evidence fabricated is completely unreliable. What the U.S. cares about is not the facts and truth, but how to smear China. We urge the U.S. side to stop the clumsy trick of shifting blames to smear China, and invite WHO experts to conduct origins research in the U.S. as soon as possible.

 

On August 26, The Hill Times published the main content of the interview.

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