China is playing “aggressive games” with Canadian democracy

China gets involved inaggressive gameswith Canadian democracies and institutions, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned on Monday (November 7), following the release of a report alleging foreign interference in the country’s elections.

This statement comes after the Canadian channel Global News reported on the financing of a “underground networkof candidates in a recent vote.

“Strengthening the integrity of our electoral processes”

It also comes days after Ottawa authorities 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 electoral processes and systemsJustin Trudeau told reporters. “We will continue to invest in the fight against electoral interference, against foreign interference in our democracies and our institutions“, He promised.

Unfortunately, we see countries, state actors all over the world, be it China or others, that continue to play aggressive games with our institutions, with our democracies.“, he lamented.

In Beijing, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, reacted on Tuesday by saying that “relations between countries 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 are detrimental to Sino-Canadian relations. China is not interested in Canada’s internal affairs“He indicated during a regular press conference.

“The so-called police stations”

Citing unnamed sources, Global News revealed that intelligence officials had told the Trudeau government that Beijing was seeking to influence or sabotage the Canadian democratic process.

According to the channel, China transferred funds, through a parliamentarian and others, to at least 11 candidates in the federal elections, as well as to Chinese agents working for their campaign. Also according to Global News, Beijing has tried to place agents with parliamentarians to influence their politics. In October, the Canadian Federal Police announced an investigation into possible reports of illegal activity “regarding alleged police stations“.

“completely false”

The Madrid-based human rights NGO Safeguard Defenders revealed in October that there were 54 similar police stations around the world, including three in the Greater Toronto area.

China denied the information, calling it “completely wrongclaiming that these stalls merely offer services, such as renewing driver’s licenses, to Chinese citizens living abroad.

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