Chinese Envoy Accuses Canada of ‘White Supremacy’ in Huawei Arrest Case

Lester Mason
January 12, 2019

Lu Shaye, the ambassador of China to Canada, wrote an op-ed piece in the Ottawa-based Hill Times newspaper on January 9, Wednesday, accusing Canada of "Western egotism" and "white supremacy" in how it reacted to the detention of two Canadians in China after Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada on December 1, upon the United States' request.

The arrests were in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive in Canada.

In an essay in the Hill Times, which covers Parliament and the federal government, Ambassador Lu Shaye questioned whether countries such as the US and Britain are truly representative of the worldwide community and he reiterated his government's assertion that Western countries are employing a "double standard" in judging his country. "What they have been doing is not showing respect for the rule of law, but mocking and trampling the rule of law".

Canadian citizens businessman Michael Spavor and ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig have been detained in Canada on the grounds of "endangering China's security", a phrase often used in connection with espionage. Beijing suspected them of involvement in actions that threatened national security.

In what was actually a trade war between U.S. and China, Canada got sucked in unwittingly. She was granted bail, but now faces extradition to the US on fraud-related allegations.

Le wrote that "elites" in Canada are completely dismissing China's law by demanding the immediate release of the Canadians.

Canada has been rallying other countries - including the US, UK, Germany and France, while Japan took a more subdued tone - to criticise China's seizure of the two Canadians. Lu wrote that Canada was complicit in a USA "witch hunt".

A lack of concern in Canada for Meng suggested that humanitarian treatment was only deemed necessary for Canadian citizens, not Chinese people, he added.

"I don't know what the ambassador was trying to accomplish but his article won't help China's cause", Paris said.

She said that Canada's demands show "Western egotism and white supremacy." .

Since at least 2016, the United States has been looking into whether Huawei shipped US-origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of USA export and sanctions laws, Reuters reported in April. In November, Jim Carr, the minister for worldwide trade diversification was hoping to crack a free trade deal with China as the country charted new markets and trading partners. "Meng was not illegally detained as the ambassador claims". Speaking to US President Donald Trump Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Washington to pressure China over the detention of its citizens.

"I am struck by how brazen they are being by making this appeal", Ku said. "On one side you have due process, which makes a huge difference, and the other side you don't, but he says it's all the same". "He says: 'You are being racist by not respecting our law.' That's an easy card to play".

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa did not immediately reply to a request for comment, and has repeatedly refused interview requests from The Canadian Press in recent weeks.

Guillaume Berube, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada told the Canadian news organization last week that eight of those detained have since been released. The U.S., the United Kingdom the European Union and Australia have issued statements in support.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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