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Chinese diplomats have dismissed Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a “boy” in a social media attack, demonstrating a new low level of divisive relations between the two countries.
China and Canada have clashed repeatedly in recent months, and last week they both Sanctioned each other in a growing line About Beijing’s treatment of the Uighur minority.
But on Sunday, Trudeau was chosen for insult by Rio de Janeiro’s Consul General of China, Li Yang, in a tweet blaming him for the diplomatic crisis.
“Boy, your greatest achievement was to ruin the friendship between China and Canada and turn Canada into a running dog in the United States,” he tweeted.
The sneaky term “running dog,” a Chinese relic of the Mao Zedong faction, is often used to describe a country that is subordinate to a country like the United States.
Li’s Twitter feed is often combative and aims at both Gun violence, Slavery heritage With the United States Treatment of asylum seekersBut Trudeau was the only leader chosen by diplomats for ridicule.
The explosion occurred when Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union escalated criticisms of the treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.Last week, a national group Sanctions imposed About Chinese officials over human rights violations.
Correspondingly, China Slap retaliatory sanctions About Michael Chong, a Canadian opposition lawmaker who strongly criticizes human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.Later Chung Tweet He said, “I was going to wear it [the sanctions] As a badge of honor. “
Canada’s Foreign Ministry also denounced the sanctions and called it an “attack” on freedom of expression.
Underpinning the heightened tensions are more than two years of efforts to release Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spaver, and Canadian officials say they are Chinese victims.Hostage diplomacy“.
Meanwhile, China is demanding the release of Huawei executives Meng Wanzhou, Was arrested in Vancouver on a US arrest warrant in 2018.
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Both Cobrig and Spaver Recently faced trial For espionage in Chinese courts.No verdict, private trial Widely criticized By a diplomat.
Meng is fiercely fighting for her delivery to the United States, which appears to be ready to be dragged in the summer.
According to experts, China is increasingly dissatisfied with her detention and is willing to take strong action to secure her release.
In addition to attacking Trudeau, Lee used Twitter to attack Canadian judicial independence He called Ottawa’s decision to respect delivery demands and arrest telecommunications executives “dirty,” and added that Canada, not China, was a “hostage taker.”