Hundreds of Indian citizens took to the streets of Vancouver in Canada, holding a massive protest against China, asking it to "back off" from Indian territory and "stop killing people" in Ladakh.
The protest gathered momentum outside the Chinese consulate as people holding large banners shouted slogans and accused China of having become a huge mafia-controlled state which grabs land illegally in the Asian continent.
China’s military push in the Himalayas resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan valley, east of Ladakh, last week. China's relations continue to remain tense, not just with India but also neighboring Japan, Taiwan and a host of other countries, thanks mainly to president Xi Jinping aggressively pursuing his expansionist dream to make his country the sole global superpower.
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"The Communist Party of China and the Chinese Army have for long continued to commit atrocities on people of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet. They are eyeing India now. They should realize that India isn't like others and will deliver a blow, militarily or economically, which would knock China out for a long time," said one of the protesters.
Not just the Indians but many Canadians too are hugely upset with China right now. And, Covid-19 or coronavirus isn't the only reason.
Two of its citizens — Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman — were charged with spying by Beijing last week after being detained since 2018.
Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister, said a few days ago that there was a clear link between the ongoing extradition case to the US against Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, and the spying charges filed against the two Canadians.<img class="wp-image-3764 size-full" src="https://indianarrative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/7d7a336fea4c2fb7f9c84a4714e587b1-scaled.jpg" alt="" width="2560" height="1801" /> China's Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her residence for the extradition hearing in Vancouver, Canada. United States is seeking her extradition on fraud charges. (Harrison Ha/Xinhua/IANS)
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said she was "heartbroken" and "really angry" with China's decision.
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— Senator Leo Housakos (@SenatorHousakos) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorHousakos/status/1275417545768603648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2020</a></blockquote>
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Beijing accused Ottawa of making “irresponsible remarks” but doesn't the fact that Meng is spending her time in a Vancouver mansion while the two Canadians have been put up at an undisclosed location without any consular access speak volumes?
Also, Canada — and the rest of the world too — probably knows well that expecting justice from the state-controlled Chinese judicial system is akin to surviving in freezing Antarctica without any woolens on..