China is playing ‘aggressive games’ with Canadian democracy
China is getting involved inaggressive gameswith Canadian democracies and institutions, the Canadian Prime Minister warned on Monday, November 7 Justin Trudeau after the publication of reports on alleged foreign interference in the country’s elections.
This statement comes after Canadian channel Global News reported that the funding “secret networkcandidate in the recent vote.
“Strengthening the integrity of our election processes”
It also comes days after authorities in Ottawa announced an investigation into illegal Chinese police stations in the greater Toronto area, Canada’s largest city.
«We have taken significant steps to strengthen the integrity of our election processes and systemsJustin Trudeau told reporters. “We will continue to invest in the fight against interference in elections, against foreign interference in our democracies and our institutions“, he promised.
«Unfortunately, we see how countries, state actors around the world, whether China or others, continue to play aggressive games with our institutions, with our democracies“, he lamented.
In Beijing, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, reacted on Tuesday by saying that “relations between states can only be built on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. China-Canada relations are no exception».
«Canada should stop making statements that harm China-Canada relations. China is not interested in Canada’s internal affairs“, he pointed out at the regular press conference.
“so-called police stations”
Citing unnamed sources, Global News revealed that intelligence officials have informed the Trudeau government that Beijing wants to influence or sabotage Canada’s democratic process.
According to the channel, China funneled funds, through parliamentarians and others, to at least 11 candidates in the federal election, as well as Chinese agents who worked for their campaigns. Also according to Global News, Beijing sought to appoint agents to lawmakers to influence their policies. In October, the Canadian Federal Police announced an investigation into possible reports of illegal activity “relating to alleged police stations».
The Madrid-based human rights NGO Safeguard Defenders revealed in October that there are 54 similar police stations around the world, including three in the greater Toronto area.
China denied the information, which it called “completely wrongclaiming that these businesses simply offer services – such as renewing driver’s licenses – to Chinese nationals living abroad.