China releases detained Canadians Kovrig, Spavor after extradition against Meng Wanzhou dropped

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I am so happy they are back on Canadian soil and with their families. Watched a vid by CTV of them getting off the plane. Trudeau was there to meet them. They stood for a long time on the tarmac talking and gesturing but the sound of the planes engines drowned out any audio.

The coincidence of Meng flying out of Canada as the Two Michaels were flying in is not lost on anyone. This was purely political.
 

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LILLEY: Chinese Communist Party paper trolls Michael Kovrig's return to Twitter
Author of the article:Brian Lilley
Publishing date:Oct 08, 2021 • 12 hours ago • 2 minute read • 30 Comments
Former diplomat Michael Kovrig, his wife Vina Nadjibulla and sister Ariana Botha walk following his arrival on a Canadian air force jet after his release from detention in China, at Pearson International Airport in Toronto September 25, 2021.
Former diplomat Michael Kovrig, his wife Vina Nadjibulla and sister Ariana Botha walk following his arrival on a Canadian air force jet after his release from detention in China, at Pearson International Airport in Toronto September 25, 2021. PHOTO BY CHRIS HELGREN /REUTERS
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China’s Communist Party isn’t done trying to intimidate former hostage Michael Kovrig and by extension all of Canada. On Friday, a top executive at a state-run newspaper snapped at Kovrig over his first tweet since getting his freedom back two weeks ago.

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Kovrig did write a single word in his tweet, rather he posted a simple graphic of a paper dove flying out of a cage. The image, Kovrig’s first tweet in three years, was greeted with expressions of support from Canadians across the political spectrum.



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There were also a few troll accounts from China taunting him and one pointed message posted in English from a Chinese media executive.

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief for the Global Times newspaper – a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party – was behind that tweet.

“Enjoy your freedom, but don’t insult dove of peace please,” Hu tweeted.


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I’d say that Hu shouldn’t insult Kovrig, or Canadians coast to coast, considering he’s nothing more than a parrot for the dictators in Beijing.

Global Times is the newspaper that had claimed Kovrig and fellow hostage Michael Spavor were being held due to serious charges rather than political ones. The paper maintained that their trials were under the rule of law, a laughable claim for anyone who has looked into the Chinese justice system.

This newspaper, part of the People’s Daily group of newspapers, was also the publication given the “exclusive” when the two men were released.

“Exclusive: Two Canadians confess guilt, granted bail for medical reasons before leaving China: source” said their September 26 story.

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The newspaper’s story reads like a press release issued by the foreign ministry in Beijing and refers to the Trudeau government as a “lapdog” for Washington. This is the same newspaper that warned Canadians against voting for Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives because doing so would worsen relations with Beijing.

The Global Times, like the People’s Daily, is seen as an official newspaper of the Chinese government and regarded as a propaganda publication.

Since the release of Kovrig and Spavor, China’s embassy in Canada has taken a softer tone. Where once the ambassador issued regular warnings and chastised Canadian media critical of his kidnapping government, now most communications are supportive of improving the bilateral relationship.

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A recent series of tweets from the embassy’s account detailed increasing trade, specifically increased Canadian exports to China, while another highlighted the size and strength of the Chinese-Canadian community. An op-ed published in Vancouver Business by Ambassador Cong Peiwu stated that China is prepared to lead the world out of the pandemic and towards prosperity.


All of these positive comments need to be taken with a grain of salt while Hu’s comments should be remembered. China remains ready and willing to kidnap Canadians, or any other foreign national on their soil, if they don’t get their way.

The Chinese government wants to use the end of the Meng/Michaels saga to bring about a changed and improved relationship with Ottawa. Improved relations with China would be a good thing for both countries but not while Beijing continues to believe that hostage diplomacy is a legitimate tool for them to use.

Until Canadians in China are no longer under threat, Ottawa should remain wary of Beijing.
 

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Waiting for Groper to apologize to the CCP now. It would be par for the course with that idiot. Probably give them another security contract while he's at it.
 
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