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Ambassador Cong Peiwu Gives an Interview to the Canadian Press on A Small Number of People in Canada Hyping up the so-called 1000 Days of Detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor

On September 4, 2021, in an interview given to the Canadian Press—Canada's largest news agency, Ambassador Cong Peiwu pointed out, a small number of people in Canada recently have been hyping up the so-called 1000 days of detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, making unwarranted accusation against China's lawful handling of the cases. This has severely interfered in China's judicial sovereignty. The Chinese side firmly opposes that. I would like to stress the following points:

First, Chinese judicial authorities handle relevant cases in accordance with law. It is the duty of all countries to crack down on crimes endangering national security and safeguard their national security interests. From the information disclosed by relevant Chinese authorities recently, you can see overwhelming evidence beyond doubt of the crimes they committed. Canada's accusations against China with regard to the cases are baseless.

Second, the Canadian side is playing double standards when hyping up relevant cases. The Canadian side has repeatedly claimed to be a champion of the “rule of law” and “judicial independence”, but flagrantly interferes in the handling of cases by China’s judicial authorities independently in accordance with law. This tramples the spirit of the rule of law and exposes the hypocrisy of the Canadian side. China is a country with rule of law. Everyone is equal before the law and no foreign identity can be the amulet. The Chinese judiciary handles the cases of the two Canadians in accordance with law and their legal rights have been fully protected.

Third, the Meng Wanzhou incident is entirely different from the cases of the two Canadians in nature. Facts have proven time and again that the Meng Wanzhou incident is a serious political incident concocted by the US government to repress Chinese high-tech companies and obstruct China's development. The Canadian side, in disregard of the US political agenda and the fact that Ms. Meng did not violate any Canadian law, is acting as a cat's paw for the US by illegally detaining her for over 1000 days. This is arbitrary detention and coercion diplomacy in every sense of the term. I have this solemn message for the Canadian side: the Chinese side is firmly determined to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies and citizens. The Chinese side will not sit by and do nothing.

Ambassador Cong Peiwu said, the Chinese side urges the Canadian side to respect China’s judicial sovereignty and stop smearing and attacking China in any form. In the meantime, we urge the Canadian side to correct its mistake immediately, release Ms. Meng as soon as possible, and ensure her safe return to China, so as to create opportunities for steering the bilateral relations back on the right track.

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