The dragon has been fuming since the Chinese diplomat was expelled by Canada’s Trudeau government. Dragon also retaliated on Tuesday by directing the consul general posted at the consulate in Shanghai to leave the country by May 13. The angered Chinese embassy also urged the Canadian side to stop wrong actions and not go ahead on the wrong track. Now Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has responded to China in this matter.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada is not afraid of China. Trudeau’s statement came after the Chinese government instructed a Canadian diplomat to leave the country. The Chinese government said it was expelling a Canadian diplomat as a tit-for-tat move. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Trudeau said his government made the decision to expel Toronto-based Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei from the country this week after “careful consideration.” Hours later, Beijing announced it would expel Jennifer Lynn Lalonde, the Canadian consul in Shanghai, in “reciprocal retaliation”.
Trudeau said his government was aware Beijing could retaliate. He said that we know that retaliatory action is being taken, but we will not be afraid. We will continue to do everything we can to protect Canadians from foreign interference. “We decided that we needed to move forward in a responsible way to send a very clear message that we will not accept foreign interference and we will not be intimidated by whatever option they choose next,” the Canadian prime minister said.