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China retaliates, expels Canadian diplomat

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China retaliates, expels Canadian diplomat

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In response to Canada’s expulsion of Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei, China has retaliated by expelling a Canadian diplomat in Shanghai.

This escalation in tensions between the two countries comes amid concerns about Chinese influence in Canada.

The Canadian government accused Zhao of attempting to target a Canadian lawmaker critical of China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority.

In response, China expelled Jennifer Lynn Lalonde, consul of the Canadian consulate in Shanghai.

Diplomatic tensions have been high since the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in 2018 and Beijing’s subsequent arrest of two Canadians on spying charges.

The situation was further complicated by a report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) about Chinese influence in Canada, which included information about potential threats to Conservative Member of Parliament Michael Chong and his family.

Chong sponsored a successful motion declaring China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority genocide.

Trudeau has appointed an independent special investigator to probe allegations of Chinese interference in Canada’s last two elections.


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