The government of Canada admitted this Thursday having denied entry to the country to a Chinese diplomat for fear of his interference in politics local. The episode occurred in the fall of 2002 and it was a subject -called a ‘political agent’- that the Chinese Communist Party He was looking to send North America as an international link between the two nations.
The episode was revealed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, during an appearance before a parliamentary committee that, coincidentally, investigates foreign interference in Canadian elections.
For its part, the local newspaper The Globe and Mail added that the authorities considered that the position of the official was high enough for him to it was a political and not a diplomatic missionwith the purpose of meddle in the Canadian democratic system.
In this sense, Joly herself pointed out that China “wanted to send a political agent”.
The news came at a time of growing tensions between the two nations. This same Thursday, the Canadian Mounted Police reported that it is investigating two new alleged “police stations” of the Xi Jinping regime in the city of Montréalthrough which it exerts pressure on its exiled citizens to return to the country and be convicted of crimes.
These sites, together with the intimidation maneuvers of the agents, were indicated as interference by the Trudeau government, which, last October, joined the list of countries that detected the presence of these maneuvers. So, there were three sites located in Toronto.
The Prime Minister declared in the last few hours that his cabinet is monitoring the situation and added that he is “very concerned” about the matter.
Trudeau is in a moment of intense pressure by the opposition parties, who seek the creation of a commission to investigate the interference of China and other countries in the general elections after some leaks were known in which it was revealed that the intelligence services alerted the Government of the activities of Beijing.
Various media outlets in Canada maintain that the Asian giant sent money to at least 11 candidates -nine of them from Liberal Party of Trudeau and two of Conservative Party– in the 2019 election.
So far, the Prime Minister remains firm in his position of not granting the commission’s request, although, on Monday, he announced the appointment of an independent special rapporteur to “combat” foreign interference in the elections. In any case, this has been considered insufficient by the opposition parties, who are seeking a tougher stance on the issue.
Also, earlier this week, the leader of the Conservative Party, Pierre Poilievresaid China donated $200,000 to the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation -of the former Canadian Prime Minister and father of the current ruler-.
For its part, the Xi Jinping regime has denied all the accusations and assured that it “has no interest and will not interfere” in the affairs of the North American country.
(With information from EFE)
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