Protest by China’s Ambassador in Canada against Threats to Expel Chinese Diplomats
Washington, May 5 – The embassy said the Chinese ambassador to Canada, Kong Peu, protested “strongly” against the host country’s threats to expel a number of Chinese diplomats suspected of trying to intimidate a local politician and denied the charges against them.
She confirmed that on Thursday, the ambassador was summoned to the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this occasion, where he had a conversation with a “high-ranking official”.
“Ambassador Cong announced China’s firm stance and strongly protested the Canadian side’s threat to expel relevant Chinese diplomatic and consular officials based on rumors of so-called ‘Chinese interference’ raised by some Canadian politicians and media,” the press release said.
Earlier in May, Canadian intelligence released information that a member of the Chinese consulate in Toronto was about to take action against Conservative MP Michael Cheung and his relatives in Hong Kong for criticizing Beijing’s human rights record.
The Chinese embassy called it an “amateur political farce” and urged Canadian authorities to stop it. “If the Canadian side persists with provocations, China will respond to every step of this path until its completion,” the statement said.
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