The Chinese Embassy in Canada issued a vehement response on Monday to allegations made by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, labeling them as baseless and a blatant attempt to smear China. The accusations revolve around alleged cyberattacks on Canadian officials and lawmakers using internet trolls and fabricated videos.
In a recent report from Global Affairs Canada, it was asserted that a campaign known as ‘Spamouflage,’ which began in August, targeted a broad spectrum of Canadian Members of Parliament, including the Prime Minister, the leader of the Official Opposition, and several Cabinet members. These attacks, according to the report, have been linked to China.
Mao Ning, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, issued a statement on Tuesday characterizing the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ claims as a distortion of facts that confuses public opinion and falsely incriminates China. China has expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to these allegations.
Mao urged the Canadian side to respect facts and truth, cease the dissemination of unfounded claims, and refrain from actions that poison the atmosphere of China-Canada relations and damage bilateral ties.
The Chinese Embassy in Canada highlighted that Canada has repeatedly accused China of spreading false information targeting Canadian politicians without providing direct or substantial evidence.
The Embassy’s statement emphasized that it is Canada, in fact, that is spreading false information and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. China has consistently asserted that it does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations. In contrast, countries like Canada, as part of the “Five Eyes Alliance,” have been accused of fabricating lies and false information concerning matters such as Xinjiang, Xizang, Hong Kong, and other issues, thereby grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs.
The statement underscored that a multitude of countries recently voiced their support for China’s position in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, demonstrating that attempts by some Western nations to meddle in other countries’ internal affairs are widely unpopular and destined to fail.
China called on Canada to abandon its Cold War mentality and ideological bias, cease making unfounded accusations, refrain from spreading false information that misleads the public, and instead work towards improving and developing bilateral relations. The response from the Chinese Embassy reflects the ongoing tensions between the two nations, and the situation remains under close scrutiny.