Global Times-Global News reported that a hundred scholars and former diplomats had issued an open letter asking China to release two arrested Canadian citizens because the arrests would be regarded as a signal to the outside world that cross-border communication is unwelcome or even dangerous in China. Reported that the open letter was signed by 143 people from nearly 20 countries, including former Canadian Ambassador to China, former British Foreign Minister, former Australian Foreign Minister and others. In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on the 22nd that the letter was not only disrespectful of those engaged in normal Chinese-foreign exchanges, but also disrespectful of Chinas judicial spirit and could not represent the mainstream voice of the international community.
Two Canadian citizens arrested
Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that day that these scholars and former diplomats made at least two mistakes. First, they equated the people engaged in normal research and foreign exchanges in China with two Canadians who were suspected of endangering Chinas national security and were subject to compulsory measures by the relevant Chinese national security organs in accordance with the law. This is for the vast majority of Canadians engaged in normal friendly exchanges between China and foreign countries. Persons are extremely disrespectful; secondly, they interfere in Chinas sovereignty and internal affairs and demand that China release two Canadian citizens who are being investigated according to law, which is a disrespect for Chinas judicial sovereignty and the spirit of the rule of law.
Asked if the open letter would cause China to feel more and more international pressure, Hua Chunying responded that there was no growing pressure on China because these scholars and former diplomats could not represent the mainstream voice of the international community. How many countries and people are there in the world? She retorted. She also said that China welcomes foreign citizens, including former diplomats, scholars and ordinary people, to come to China for friendly exchanges. As long as we abide by Chinese laws and regulations, there is nothing to worry about.
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