Irresponsible ‘tough talk’ with China is worthless, states Canada foreign minister

FILE Photo: Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne speaks to media at a Cupboard retreat in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable/File Picture

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will hold urgent China to strengthen its human legal rights document but has no interest in irresponsible rough converse, Overseas Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne claimed on Monday.

Bilateral ties involving the two nations successfully froze in December 2018 when Canadian police picked up a senior Huawei Systems Co Ltd government on a U.S. arrest warrant.

China subsequently detained two Canadian citizens and blocked rewarding imports of canola seed.

The minority Liberal govt of Key Minister Justin Trudeau is below pressure from the official opposition Conservatives to crack down by banning Huawei from providing devices to 5G telecoms networks and prevent what it phone calls Chinese interference in Canada’s inside affairs.

“To individuals who are seduced by this 1-dimensional view I say this: while it is effortless to be difficult, let us continue to be sensible,” Champagne claimed, noting China’s economic energy and its central position in preventing local climate modify.

“Let’s not fall into the temptation of challenging and irresponsible rhetoric that will produce no tangible results” for the detainees, Canadian farmers, the company group and human rights advocates, he instructed a special parliamentary committee on Canada-China relations.

Canada would go on working with allies to tension China in excess of the detention of overseas citizens as effectively as its clamp down in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang location, Champagne reported.

In July, Canada turned the initial country to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of new Chinese national security laws. Previously this thirty day period it promised to make it much easier for Hong Kong youth to study and function in Canada.

“It is absolutely imperative that advanced democracies like Canada and our like-minded partners work together to shield the international rules that have ensured balance and prosperity for many years,” Champagne stated. “It is a problem we all share. No country will triumph by itself.”

Reporting by David Ljunggren Editing by Michael Perry