“We strongly urge the Canadian side not to grant so-called political asylum to those violent criminals in Hong Kong, because it is interference in China’s domestic affairs, and certainly it will embolden those violent criminals,” Cong said.
“If the Canadian side really cares about the stability and prosperity in Hong Kong, and really cares about the good health and safety of those 300,000 Canadian passport holders in Hong Kong, and a large number of Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong, you should support those efforts to fight violent crimes.”
When asked if his words were a threat, Cong reportedly replied: “That is your interpretation.”
“You got a bunch of nice people living in Hong Kong. Real nice people. Hope nothing happens to them.”
This continued Wolf Warrior approach – threatening 300,000 Canadian citizens if Canada gives asylum to Hong Kong refugees – will almost certainly have the reverse of its intended effect.
Longer term, this will drive an even faster decoupling. Today, how many private citizens from the West would take the risk of going to live in an area controlled by the CCP? That small number will almost certainly drop even further because of these comments.
Canada’s foreign minister summoned the Chinese Ambassador as a result of these comments.