Chinese Ambassador to Canada Zhang Junsai (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press).
China’s ambassador to Canada took a break from traditional diplomatic language in an interview with CBC News, telling Canadian lawmakers who have accused China of conducting espionage in the country to “shut up”.
Zhang Junsai, China’s ambassador to Canada, tells host Evan Solomon, “I can assure you that our companies working in other countries are strictly doing business according to the local laws.”
“If you really have the evidence, come [out] with it. If not… shut up,” Zhang says in no uncertain terms.
Zhang’s remarks came after a month of speculation about the activities of Chinese firms in Canada following a report released by a US Intelligence Committee which raised severe security concerns about Chinese telecommunication giants Huawei and ZTE. The chairman of the committee, Representative Mike Rogers, said that the firms also posed a risk to Canadian national security.
Ambassador Zhang pointed out that despite its harsh language, the American report failed to provide any concrete evidence of espionage activities being carried out by Chinese firms.