Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2021/08/20

Global Times: On August 18 local time, the Canadian court concluded the first trial of Meng Wanzhou's extradition case but reserved the decision. Meng's defense lawyer stressed that it can be seen that there was no deception in this case, no loss was caused, and there was not even a reasonable risk causal discussion. Besides, last night, the Global Times published an open letter to the Canadian ambassador to China and initiated an online petition calling on the Canadian side to unconditionally release Meng Wanzhou. What is China's comment on that?

Hua Chunying: We have noticed relevant reports. China pays great attention to the trial in the Canadian court.

In fact, during the trial, the Canadian judge in charge of the case questioned the fraud charges by the US against Meng Wanzhou for several times, calling these accusations "unclear" and "unusual". The Canadian prosecutors have shown self-contradictions and allegations that they cannot justify at all. China has stressed from the start that the Meng Wanzhou case is purely a political incident. The US government concocted the incident not for legal reasons, but to keep Chinese high-tech companies down and obstruct China's scientific development. This has been fully proved by more facts and fully recognized by more people. The Canadian side has been acting as an accomplice for the US side and can never shirk its responsibility.

Ms. Meng Wanzhou has not violated any Canadian law but has been groundlessly detained by Canada for close to 1,000 days. Ms. Meng Wanzhou is a daughter to an elderly father, and a mother to young children. The Canadian side, acting as an accomplice for the US, has been disregarding the fact that Ms. Meng has not violated any Canadian law and has groundlessly and arbitrarily detained her. This constitutes textbook coercion and human rights violation. I wonder, when some in Canada talk about defending human rights and democracy, have they thought about the human rights of Ms. Meng Wanzhou? Have they thought about the human rights of Ms. Meng's young children? Have they thought about the human rights of Ms. Meng's family? Such moves certainly have outraged the Chinese public.

I noticed that Global Times last night published an open letter to the Canadian ambassador to China and launched an online petition. Within less than 24 hours, more than 6.5 million people have added their names to the letter. This is China's public opinion. We hope Canada could hear this. At the same time, we have noticed that many Canadians with vision have been calling on the Canadian government to end the extradition of Ms. Meng Wanzhou under Canada's Extradition Act. We urge the Canadian government to heed these voices for justice seriously, uphold the spirit and courage for independence, immediately correct mistakes, release Ms. Meng Wanzhou and ensure her safe return to the motherland as soon as possible.

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