Chinese ambassador accuses Canada of 'white supremacy' in Huawei case

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Beijing's ambassador to Canada accused Ottawa of showing "Western egotism and white supremacy" in the detention of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Chinese tech giant Huawei.

But, in his column, Lu dismissed such concerns and instead pointed to monitoring and spying programs carried out by the US National Security Agency and the Five Eyes alliance countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the US). Later, two Canadian citizens were detained in China - former Canadian embassy employee Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Speyvor.

Their arrests appear to be in retaliation for Canada's arrest of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.

"I have recently heard a word repeatedly pronounced by some Canadians: bullying. To those people, China's self-defense is an offence to Canada".

The arrests came after Huawei Meng Wanzhou was at the request of the US, which wants her extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company's business dealings in Iran.

Meng is now living in a luxury home in Vancouver after being released on bail pending the outcome of an extradition hearing.

Writing in Canada's The Hill Times on Wednesday, Lu also appeared to confirm that China is detaining the two Canadians because of Meng's detention, referring to it as "self-defense". "It seems that, to these people, the laws of Canada or other Western countries are laws and must be observed, while China's laws are not and shouldn't be respected", he wrote.

Since Meng's arrest, 13 Canadian citizens have been detained in China, according a report by the Globe and Mail.

A lack of concern in Canada for Meng suggested that humanitarian treatment was only deemed necessary for Canadian citizens, not Chinese people, he added.

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Alex Lawrence, a spokesman for Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, did not address Lu's claims.

She said that Canada's demands show "Western egotism and white supremacy." .

"There is false equivalency in this article".

Since at least 2016, the United States has been looking into whether Huawei shipped US-origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of USA export and sanctions laws, Reuters reported in April. In November, Jim Carr, the minister for global trade diversification was hoping to crack a free trade deal with China as the country charted new markets and trading partners.

Officials detained Meng, 46, at Vancouver airport on December 1 at the request of the United States over allegations she violated Iran sanctions between 2009 and 2014. Lu wrote that Canada was complicit in a US "witch hunt". "On one side you have due process, which makes a huge difference, and the other side you don't, but he says it's all the same".

Many believe that the detention of Kovrig and Spavor was done as a retaliatory act against Meng's arrest.

"I am struck by how brazen they are being by making this appeal", Ku said. "He says: 'You are being racist by not respecting our law.' That's an easy card to play".

Lu used his op-ed to ask why Canadian authorities arrested Meng when she committed no crimes in Canada.

"Canada continues to express its appreciation to those who have spoken in support of these detained Canadians and the rule of law".

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