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China warns ‘naive’ Canada not to count on the U.S.

AFP
Revealed Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:35AM EDT
Final Up to date Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:41AM EDT

China on Wednesday warned Canada to not be “naive” and imagine that U.S. stress might assist resolve thorny points plaguing relations between Ottawa and Beijing.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned Tuesday he was “confident” U.S. President Donald Trump had introduced up the instances of Canadians detained in China throughout weekend talks with President Xi Jinping on the G20 in Japan.

“Don’t be naive and mistakenly think that mustering a certain so-called ally to put pressure on China will have an impact,” Chinese language overseas ministry spokesman Geng Shuang mentioned at a daily press briefing.

Ottawa “should not naively think its so-called ally will really exert itself on Canada’s behalf”, he mentioned.

“At most the (Americans) will move their lips a bit, because in reality this is an issue between China and Canada,” Geng mentioned at a daily press briefing.

Relations deteriorated between China and Canada following the December arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, a high government at Chinese language telecom big Huawei, who is needed by america for allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran.

In strikes extensively seen as retaliation, Chinese language authorities arrested two Canadians on nationwide safety grounds and blocked imports of Canadian agricultural merchandise.

Trudeau mentioned he had spoken to Xi about ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and marketing consultant Michael Spavor throughout temporary, casual exchanges on the sidelines of the G20 summit final week.

Geng blamed Ottawa for the fraught relations.

“Canada knows clearly what the crux of the issue is between the two countries,” he mentioned.

“We hope that Canada will take measures to put China-Canada bilateral relations back on track as soon as possible,” Geng mentioned.

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