China has declared a Canadian diplomat “persona non grata” and requested her to depart Shanghai.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made the announcement as a part of a reciprocal transfer after Canada made the same resolution in direction of a Chinese diplomat.
“On May 9, the Canadian authorities declared a diplomat of the Consulate-General of China in Toronto persona non grata,” the CCP wrote in a Tuesday assertion. “China strongly condemns and firmly opposes this and has lodged severe démarches and robust protest to Canada.”
Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei was expelled from Canada on Monday after intelligence experiences suspected him of intimidating the household of conservative Member of Parliament Michael Chong.
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In retaliation for the expulsion, Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai Jennifer Lynn Lalonde has been requested to depart the nation by May 13, in keeping with the CCP.
“As a reciprocal countermeasure in response to Canada’s unscrupulous transfer, China decides to declare Jennifer Lynn Lalonde, consul of the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai persona non grata, who has been requested to depart China no later than May 13,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote.
“China reserves the proper to additional react,” the assertion added.
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