Li Yang, Consul General of the Chinese Communist Party in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Screenshot of Li Yang’s Twitter account)
Li Yang, the Consul General of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, recently went on a rampage, tweeting insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, once again refreshing the world’s outlook on the subject and sparking heated debate on overseas networks.
On Sunday (28), the Chinese Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, Li Yang, uploaded a photo of Trudeau to his Twitter account, and at the same Time posted a post calling Trudeau a “loser” and accusing him of damaging Sino-Canadian relations and reducing Canada to a “lapdog of the United States. The posting also called Trudeau a “loser” and accused him of damaging Sino-Canadian relations and reducing Canada to a “lapdog of the United States.
Chinese Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Li Yang, tweeted, calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a loser. (Screenshot of Twitter page)
This war-wolf performance by Li Yang has once again caused an uproar in overseas public opinion circles, with some Taiwanese media saying that Li Yang’s move has refreshed the lower limit of the Chinese Communist Party’s war-wolf diplomacy. Under the relevant reports on overseas Chinese websites, many Chinese people left spicy comments on this incident.
Some netizens ridiculed Li Yang as a “50 cents promoted from prison”; others called him a “dog who listens to his master”; others said that Trudeau is a more pro-Chinese leader among Western democracies, and Li Yang openly insulted him like this. He said that he wanted to force the Canadian people to elect a “Chinese-exclusionist prime minister”.
(Screenshot of Twitter page)
Recently, the Canadian government, in collaboration with the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union, sanctioned several Chinese officials in response to the Communist Party’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang. In retaliation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on March 27 that it had imposed sanctions on Gayle Manchin, chair and Tony Perkins, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Canadian federal Rep. Michael Chong, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights (FAAE).
On the same day, Trudeau tweeted in response that “China’s sanctions are an attack on transparency and freedom of expression, values that are at the heart of our democracy.” The tweet said the Canadian government will continue to work with parliamentarians to oppose the “unacceptable actions” of the Chinese Communist Party and will continue to work with Canada’s international partners to defend human rights around the world.
In addition, Trudeau publicly stated on March 25 that he refuses to exchange Meng Wanzhou for former Canadian diplomat Kang Mingkai and other Canadians arrested by the Chinese Communist Party. He said that compromising with the Chinese Communist Party would only bring danger to more Canadians abroad.
In December 2018, at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, Vancouver police arrested huawei‘s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was in transit to Canada. Shortly thereafter, Beijing arrested former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor on suspicion of spying on state secrets and intelligence for overseas, and formally charged them with espionage last week. It is widely believed that the Chinese Communist Party’s move is intended to force the Canadian government to release Meng.
This week, 19 prominent Canadians, including former cabinet members and former diplomats, sent a letter to Trudeau urging the government to halt Meng’s extradition proceedings in exchange for the release of Kang and Spavor.
Trudeau, however, publicly responded on the 25th, saying the letter writers were wrong to demand Meng’s release and that the Canadian government would be setting a bad precedent if it compromised with the Chinese Communist Party this time, which would surely endanger the millions of Canadians who live and travel overseas each year. “We cannot allow political pressure or arbitrary arrests of Canadian citizens to affect the functioning of our justice system,” he said.
The outside world speculates that it is likely that the series of actions taken by the Canadian government against the Chinese Communist Party have angered the Chinese authorities and that Li Yang has played the War Wolf show in anticipation of the above-mentioned actions.