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Canada Feud Damaging China's Reputation, Trudeau Envoy Says

  • Ambassador says cases against Canadians undermine Beijing
  • U.S. criticizes death sentence as politically motivated
John McCallum
John McCallumPhotographer: Alice Chiche/AFP via Getty Images
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Canada’s ambassador to China warned that the spiraling diplomatic feud between the nations was damaging Beijing’s reputation, as the U.S. joined countries criticizing a Canadian citizen’s death sentence as “politically motivated.”

Ambassador John McCallum told reporters Wednesday that China’s prosecutions of Canadian nationals risked undermining their own interests among the world’s business community. McCallum, a former lawmaker, said he believed that argument would prove more compelling to Chinese officials than seeking support from business and foreign governments to pressure Beijing.