Canadian FM's rights remarks 'full of ideological bias' against China
Published: Nov 10, 2022 09:33 PM
Zhao Lijian Photo: VCG

Zhao Lijian Photo: VCG

Canadian official's remarks about China are contrary to facts and full of ideological bias, which China resolutely opposes and has lodged solemn representations against, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday, stressing that state-to-state relations can only be built on the basis of mutual respect.

On Wednesday, Canada's Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said Canada will soon announce a new Indo-Pacific strategy "to challenge China on human rights issues," Reuters reported. She also warned Canadian companies about the risks of doing business in China and described China as "an increasingly disruptive global power." Requested to comment on Joly's remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian expressed firm opposition. 

The remarks on China are contrary to the facts, full of ideological bias and blatant interference in China's internal affairs, Zhao said at Thursday's routine news conference. China is firmly opposed to the remarks and has already made solemn representations to the Canadian side.

Zhao said that China-Canada relations are currently at a crossroads, and the key to where relations between the two countries will go lies in whether Canada can return to a rational and pragmatic track and view China objectively and fairly.

Zhao stressed that China insists on peaceful development, advocates openness and tolerance, practices win-win cooperation, and has always been a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and a defender of the international order, which is evident to the international community.

China's development is an opportunity for the world and the growth of the world's peace power, he said.

Peaceful development and win-win cooperation are the trend of the times and the common aspiration of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the spokesperson noted. No matter what regional strategy the Canadian side proposes, the purpose should be mutually beneficial and win-win, not a zero-sum game.

The practice of holding on to the zero-sum thinking of the Cold War and provoking group politics and camp confrontation is not popular and will not succeed, he said.

Zhao also warned that the affairs of the Taiwan island, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are internal affairs of China and cannot be dictated by other countries. State-to-state relations can only be built on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, he said.