Canada will not be cowed by China on human rights, says Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country will continue to uphold human rights and will not cow under Chinese pressure. – EPA pic, October 17, 2020.

CANADA will continue to defend human rights in China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged yesterday, after a top Chinese diplomat warned Ottawa against welcoming Hong Kong pro-democracy activists.

China’s ambassador to Ottawa, Cong Peiwu, warned Canada on Thursday against granting asylum to Hong Kong activists, which he said could have consequences for the “health and security” for the 300,000 Canadians living in the theoretically autonomous Chinese territory.

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