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Monday, June 11, 2007

Nonsense, China says of espionage accusations

My letter to the editor (unpublished yet!)

I am really annoyed at Chinese Consul-General Lu Shumin’s statement that: "This is not the first time that we hear of these allegations (espionage), and it's purely, purely fabrication." Would somebody tell the Chinese boss that it’s not the last time he’ll hear about it either unless they stop their nasty spying on Canadians. It’s high time that the Harper government gets tougher on China regardless of the almighty dollar. Chinese espionage is costing Canadians $1 billion every month—why should we take the loss? It is clear that trading with Communist China offsets the gain!

Vancouver Sun: Published: Saturday, June 09, 2007 -OTTAWA -- China's top diplomat in Canada is denying allegations that his government is sending spies to disrupt activities and steal Canadian secrets.

"This is not the first time that we hear of these allegations, and it's purely, purely fabrication," Ambassador Lu Shumin said at a news conference Friday.

Earlier this week, the National Post newspaper reported about complex espionage tactics at work, ranging from inserting front candidates in Canadian elections to working behind the scenes to sabotage the Falun Gong spiritual movement which has been banned in China.

Lu rejected all of the claims, including recent testimony at a Senate committee by Jim Judd, the head of Canada's spy agency -- the Canadian Security Intelligence Service -- who suggested that China had a network of spies in the country, digging for political and business secrets.

"We have normal relations with Canada, we have normal exchanges, we have signed agreements with Canada," Lu said. "We're doing all this through a normal channel and have friendly cooperation and exchanges to achieve a win-win situation. Is there a need for us to send, as you say, so many spies here today? It's pure nonsense."

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