Chinese state media called Canada a “frightened little bird” and stated, “You cannot live the life of a whore and expect a monument to your chastity.”
The article in the Global Times criticized Canada’s reaction to John McCallum’s recent comments.
The tabloid news outlet is generally regarded as speaking for the perspective of the Chinese government.
Throughout the piece, the author takes on an increasingly patronizing and insulting tone against Canada’s officials and our nation.
Ottawa is now as sensitive as a frightened bird. A few words by the ambassador should not have posed any impact on court decisions. Nonetheless, judging from the reactions of many politicians and journalists in Canada, McCallum’s remarks are like a dreadful monster.
McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China was fired after he told Chinese officials that Huawei CFO has a good argument against the extradition case against her and stating that it would be “great for Canada” if the U.S. dropped its charges.
The news outlet referred to McCallum as playing “the role of the little boy laying bare the facts in The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
Although lambasting the former ambassador the media outlet seemed to agree with McCallum’s comments and blamed Canadian “political correctness” for his dismissal.
As a senior politician, McCallum unexpectedly played the role of the little boy laying bare the facts in The Emperor’s New Clothes. How embarrassed those who try hard to preserve political correctness must be!
The article continues to berate Canada and Canadians frequently with demeaning comparisons.
The Global Times article was likely to have been approved or even orchestrated by Chinese state officials. Its translation into English is a testament to the fact that the Chinese government wanted Canadians to read the comments.
Their intention is to likely ferment anger and distrust amongst Canadians for how the federal government is handling the ongoing diplomatic feud.
Relations between Canada and China have grown increasingly icy since the initial arrest and the rhetoric coming from China should concern every Canadian.
If this is how the Chinese view Canadians, how do we think they’re treating Canadians who have been imprisoned by the communist state.
According to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, McCallum was fired because his comments were not in line with Canada’s foreign policy towards Wanzhou’s arrest.
It is becoming clear that McCallum stepped out of line and the Chinese are using the situation as an opportunity to shame Canada on the world stage.