Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday rejected statements by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling on Western nations to build a united front against “Beijing’s forced diplomacy.”
“Some of the Canadian leader’s statements do not agree with the facts and are full of misunderstandings and miscalculations about China,” Zhao told a news conference.
The diplomat urged Canada to abandon its misconception about the Asian nation and to adopt “China’s objective and rational view”.
In turn, he urged the North American nation to follow China’s pragmatic and positive policies and work together in the same direction to get bilateral relations back on track.
“China is firmly on the path of peaceful development and seeks peaceful coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation with all nations, which we believe is equal for all, regardless of size. We want to create a society with a shared future for humanity,” he added.
“We have never allowed countries to oppose or coerce anyone. In fact, China has suffered from the compulsive diplomacy of the United States and other Western nations. The United States designed the Meng Wanzhou incident in an attempt to disrupt and suppress China’s high-tech industry,” he stressed.
In the name of democracy and human rights, a handful of US-led countries are dishonestly interfering in China’s internal affairs in the affairs of Hong Kong and Xinjiang, trying to impose their rules on China. That is pure and difficult compulsory diplomacy. “
Zhao questioned whether bilateral relations between China and Canada are at a crossroads and whether Canada sees them as a partner or rival.
“China attaches importance to relations with Canada and should develop bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. This is our clear and consistent position, “he said.
Last Sunday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attacked the Chinese government, saying, “We must work together to ensure that China does not impose its interests or confront each other.” International
Trudeau spoke of continuing to put pressure on the Asian giants regarding human rights, the situation in Hong Kong and ensuring that China does not interfere in the internal affairs of the “independent nations in Asia”.
The Canadian chief executive also stressed the need for cooperation with Beijing in areas such as the fight against climate change. According to Trudeau, China would be “a key player” if the world really wanted to decorbonize the world economy.
Relations between Beijing and Ottawa have plummeted after Canadian participation in the boycott of the Winter Olympics in China, led by Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
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