'Double standards' adopted by Canada in Meng's detention: spokesperson
Canada has adopted double standards in demanding the release of two Canadians held in China while justifying its own detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, said Lu Kang, spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a daily briefing on Friday.
Lu made the comments when asked about the Chinese ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye's op-ed piece published by Ottawa-based Hill Times newspaper on Wednesday, in which Ambassador Lu compared the two incidents.
"Ambassador Lu's article might touch a sore spot for some Canadians and we urge them to correct their mistakes to prevent further adding to their pain," Lu said.
Lu asked relevant media to read the Chinese envoy's article carefully and accurately at the briefing.
The Canadian side went ahead with its unjustifiable and wrongful detention just at the beck and call of the U.S. side with the clear knowledge that Meng violated no Canadian laws, Lu said.
Lu stressed that the Chinese side has publicly stated that the two Canadians were detained in accordance with the law for involvement in activities that endanger China's national security.
As for Canada's "double standards," Lu said it is disrespect for the rule of law.
Meng was detained in Vancouver on December 1 due to a request from the U.S. Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and business consultant Michael Spavor were detained in China on December 10 in separate cases.