China warns against ‘bullying’ of its citizens

BEIJING, China's foreign minister warned Tuesday against the bullying of any Chinese citizen, amid a diplomatic fracas over the arrest of a Huawei executive on a US warrant in Canada.

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications behemoth

Huawei, was on December 1 arrested in Vancouver on US fraud charges related

to sanctionsbreaking dealings with Iran, infuriating China.

The safety and security of Chinese compatriots are our priority, China

will never sit idly by and ignore any bullying that violates the legitimate

rights and interests of Chinese citizens, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a

speech in Beijing, without directly referring to the Huawei case.

We will fully safeguard the legitimate rights of Chinese citizens and

return fairness and justice to the world, he said at the opening of a

diplomatic symposium.

The detention has raised tensions following a truce in the USChina trade

war, with Beijing summoning both the Canadian and US ambassadors over the


Meng, who faces a possible extradition to the United States, is seeking

her release on bail from a court in Vancouver.

China has accused Canada of treating Meng in an inhumane manner, citing

reports in Chinese staterun media alleging she was not given adequate

medical care.

Beijing has also claimed that the Chinese embassy was not immediately

notified of her arrest.

The Canadian government did not do this and the Chinese government

learned this through other channels, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said

at a daily briefing.

In his speech, Wang also touched on tensions with the US, calling on

Washington to stop seeing trade between the countries as a zerosum game.

Take a more positive look at China's development, and constantly expand

the space and prospects for mutual benefit, he said.

There is no need to artificially create new opponents, and an even

greater need to avoid selffulfilling prophecies.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)