Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will consider Canada’s ties with China as he prepares to form a new government in the coming weeks.
During a press conference on September 28, Trudeau was asked if he would take a tougher stance on China and ban Huawei from 5G, as have many Canadian allies, now that Canada’s Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor returned to Canada. Huh. The pair were arbitrarily detained by the Communist regime for nearly three years in what was widely seen as “hostage diplomacy”.
“We have to thank our allies and partners around the world who stood by us, not just Canadians, but around the world. Now, we have to consider our relationship with China and the world, and that includes the Huawei issue. ,” Trudeau said. “We will make that decision as we work on our plan for this next term.”
Kovrig and Spavor, often referred to as the “two Michaels”, were detained by the Chinese government on espionage charges in December 2018 after Canada granted a US warrant to Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and daughter of the company’s founder. But was arrested. He was extradited on charges of bank and wire fraud.
The two men arrived in Canada on 25 September, when Beijing released them on 24 September, following an agreement with the United States that allowed the Huawei executive to return to China the same day.
Trudeau did not respond directly when asked why his Liberal government had failed to protect another Canadian citizen and Uighur human rights activist, Hussein Selil, who has been detained by Chinese authorities since 2006.
“In the case of [two Michaels]“The challenge of his detention for political reasons was something that strengthened public opinion in Canada and around the world, and we were able to demonstrate that we are a country with the rule of law,” he said.
“We have never hesitated to enforce the fundamental rules of our justice system, and we will continue to advocate for those who are wrongfully imprisoned around the world.”
Several other Canadians are still in arbitrary detention in China, including Sun Qian, a Falun Gong practitioner who was imprisoned for his faith.
Sun was arrested in Beijing in February 2017 and has been in custody since then. On June 30 this year, a Beijing court sentenced him to eight years in prison for believing in Falun Gong, a self-cultivation practice that includes meditation practices and moral teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, tolerance.
In January, Sun reportedly renounced his Canadian citizenship and is suspected of making a forced confession under torture while in police custody.
During the press conference, Trudeau said he had confirmed his intention to form the next government with Governor General Mary May Simon earlier that day.
He added that Chrystia Freeland would continue to serve as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He also wants to name other cabinet ministers in October, and resume parliamentary sessions before the end of the fall.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times