Most Canadians of Chinese descent agree that China can’t be trusted when it comes to disputes, a new poll by the Innovative Research Group (IRG) shows. 

Out of 579 people polled, 53% of respondents agreed with the statement that Canada shouldn’t trust China to act fairly.

“Chinese Canadians are often under-represented in public debates and the survey not only tells people what they think in these unprecedented times, it also sheds light on the diversity within the Chinese-Canadian community,” IRG research manager Vanessa Agrawal told Vancouver is Awesome.

Canada is currently in the midst of an international conflict between China and the US, regarding the extradition of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is wanted by American authorities for breaching sanctions on Iran and other alleged fraudulent activities. 

In retaliation to Meng’s arrest, China unlawfully detained several Canadians, including Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. The pair are being held in Chinese prisons and have been charged with various espionage crimes. 

Recently, Canada’s Chinese community has spoken out regarding recent overreaches by the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong. 

Over the weekend, dozens of pro-freedom demonstrators assembled in downtown Vancouver to protest the PRC’s activities in the region. 

Protesters accused some of ignoring China’s authoritarian power grab and even going so far as assisting their public international image. 

“In social media, if I was captured by the CCP, the Communist Party of China, you are liable to be arrested and put in prison for your whole life,” an anonymous demonstrator told Global News. 

“It includes all the foreigners, all of the human beings on earth. You or I are liable to be arrested.”

New legislation in Hong Kong adopted earlier this month threatens to dismantle Hong Kong’s autonomy as a region in China and uproot democratic freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong citizens for decades.