The Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong banned its local staff from traveling to China, so they have canceled scheduled trips to the interior of the country, as reported on Aug. 22 by The Globe and Mail.
“At present, locally engaged staff will not undertake official business travel outside of Hong Kong,” the consulate said. “Hong Kong staff, it noted, are not eligible for diplomatic passports,” which provide some additional protections.
Similarly, the consulate provided more information on the increase in controls in China: “Increased screening of travelers’ digital devices has been reported at border crossings between mainland China and Hong Kong,” said the Canadian Consulate, quoted .
About 300,000 Canadian citizens live in Hong Kong.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on Aug. 21 for respect for human rights, according to CNBC.
Simon Cheng, an employee of the British Consulate, was also arrested the same day in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.
The Chinese communist regime also accused Britain, Canada, and other countries of interfering with its internal affairs, CNBC reported.
Tensions between Ottawa and Beijing have increased since the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the company’s founder, at the request of the United States on Dec. 1 at the Vancouver airport, which severely damaged relations between Beijing and Ottawa.
On the other hand, the Chinese regime arrested former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, both Canadians, on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng.