BEIJING, Jan. 22, according to the website of the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, a statement on the arrest of two Canadian citizens in China was recently published on the website of the Dutch government. The Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands now responds as follows:
Photo Source: Screenshot of the Chinese Embassys website in the Netherlands
First, China is a country ruled by law. China adheres to safeguarding the security and legitimate rights and interests of foreign citizens in China according to law, while foreign citizens in China should respect and abide by Chinese laws. Canadian citizens Cummingkay and Michael have been taken compulsory measures according to law on suspicion of engaging in activities that endanger Chinas national security. Chinas case-handling organs have always adhered to the principle of fair handling according to law and guaranteed their legitimate rights and interests in accordance with the law. China strongly urges the countries concerned to earnestly respect Chinas judicial sovereignty.
Second, Dutch and Canadian countries should abandon double standards and prejudices. The Canadian side admitted that Ms. Meng had not violated Canadian law, and improperly detained Ms. Meng according to the will of other countries. The Chinese people express their strong indignation at this act. We call on the Canadian side to correct its mistakes and immediately release Ms. Meng Wanzhou. The Dutch and other countries concerned treat the rule of law with double standards, which in itself is a disrespect for the rule of law.
3. China adheres to opening up and welcomes the people of the Netherlands and other countries to China for normal friendly exchanges and cooperation. In recent years, China-Netherlands relations have maintained a momentum of rapid development, and pragmatic exchanges and cooperation in various fields have been deepened and expanded. China attaches great importance to Sino-Dutch relations and hopes that the Netherlands and China will move towards each other and jointly promote the development of bilateral relations.
Source: Zhao Yaping_NN9005, Responsible Editor of CNN