Canadian foreign minister says Zhao Wei declared ‘persona non grata’ after alleged intimidation of opposition lawmaker.
Canada is expelling a Chinese diplomat after allegations that Zhao Wei was involved in a campaign to intimidate a Canadian opposition legislator critical of Beijing.
In a statement on Monday, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said the Canadian government has designated Zhao “persona non grata”.
“I have been clear: we will not tolerate any form of foreign interference in our internal affairs. Diplomats in Canada have been warned that if they engage in this type of behaviour, they will be sent home,” Joly said.
The Chinese government has rejected allegations that it interfered in Canada’s internal affairs, saying last week that it has “no interest whatsoever in doing so”.
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