mid the ongoing dispute between Canada and China, the Canadian embassy has thrown some serious shade Beijing’s way on Weibo.
In its post on Tuesday, the embassy noted that this December marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, 1948, before then going on to note:
“But this is not the only important human rights document that was issued on December 10th. In fact, there was another equally important document. This year is the 10th anniversary of its release. It was drafted by a famous Chinese writer who later won the Nobel Prize. Can you guess who it is?” the embassy asked, hinting that this writer was inspired by Czech dissidentVáclav Havel.
In case you are unable to guess, the post refers to Liu Xiaobo who helped to draft Charter 08, a manifesto which called for a number of changes to the Chinese government including the elimination of one-party rule. The document got Liu awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, but he wasn’t able to travel to Oslo to receive it, having been locked up for “inciting subversion of state power.” Liu would die of terminal liver cancer in July 2017 while still in custody.
The Canadian embassy’s post remains up at the moment. It has more than 1,500 shares, 800 likes, and 1,181 comments. In the comments, some expressed their gratitude towards Canada for making the post, a few even wrote out “Charter 08” and referred to Liu as “hero,” however, others accused Canada of having “shit for brains.”
“What does the declaration of human rights have to do with you bunch of sycophants?” wrote one net user.
Chinese netizens have started to refer to Canada as the “lackey” of the United States after Canadian authorities arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on December 1st at the Vancouver airport on the request of authorities in the US, where the 46-year-old executive is wanted for allegedly violating sanctions against Iran.
Unfamiliar with judicial independence, Beijing has called for Meng’s immediate release. Meanwhile, two Canadian nationals — a former diplomat and a founder of a non-profit that organizes trips and exchanges with North Korea— have been detained in China on suspicion of “harming state security.”