The Chinese Embassy in Canada responded to Canada’s criticism of the new Hong Kong security law on Saturday.
They said that Canada’s comments against Hong Kong’s new security law are “unwarranted”.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on Friday that Canada will be suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong.
This is due to China’s enactment of a new security law in Hong Kong.
Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said that Canada will reassess existing arrangements with Hong Kong.
Champagne also told CNBC that the legislation is, “a significant step back in terms of freedom and liberty.”
In addition to the treaty’s suspension, Canada also expressed its plan to stop exporting sensitive military equipment to Hong Kong.
Chinese Embassy’s Statement
The Chinese Embassy based in Canada posted a statement of retaliation against Canada.
The embassy defended the new security law saying that, it is “a landmark in the practice of ‘one country, two systems’”.
Furthermore, the new law upholds Hong Kong’s best interests when it comes to national sovereignty, development interests and stability.
The embassy also defended the processes before the new law was enacted.
“The central government has extensively solicited opinions from all walls of life in Hong Kong,” it said.
This is to make sure that the new law is “scientific, democratic and legal.”
According to the embassy, the new legislation respects human rights and “protects the rights and freedoms” of Hong Kong residents.
It also garnered a lot of support from the people of Hong Kong, the said.
In addition to the support and understanding of the international community.
The embassy also addressed the meddling of western countries in Hong Kong’s affairs.
Western countries, including Canada have been hiding behind the “pretext of human rights”, said the embassy.
Other countries’ intervention violates “international law and basic norms of international relations,” they said.
The embassy ended its statement by urging Canada to “immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong and China’s domestic affairs”.