The Chinese government believes that Canadian media portrayed the communist country unfairly when discussing the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada said China took an “open, transparent and responsible” approach to dealing with Canada during the pandemic, and Canadian media is wrong to state otherwise.
“Some Canadian media have taken the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to smear and attack China’s political system, style of diplomacy and anti-pandemic response. The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this,” they wrote.
“Smearing and pointing fingers will not help fight against the pandemic. We urge relevant media to respect the fact and stop irresponsible reports and attacking and smearing China.”
Before the outbreak was declared a pandemic, China downplayed the threat of the virus and allowed the virus to spread. Further, the World Health Organization peddled the false Chinese Communist Party claim that they did not detect any human-to-human transmission with the virus.
Despite mounting evidence that the coronavirus pandemic began at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Chinese Embassy reiterated the Chinese government’s claim that coronavirus started in multiple countries simultaneously.
“China’s diplomacy is rooted in the 5,000-year Chinese civilization and follows the proud tradition of independence and self-perfection fostered since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. China’s diplomacy has acquired a distinct Chinese feature, style and vision” they wrote.
“We uphold equity, justice and other shared values of humanity.”
In September, Chinese Ambassador Cong Peiwu accused some Canadian media outlets of lying about China to turn public opinion against the communist regime. Cong did not specify which outlets he was blaming.
Earlier last year, Cong accused Canadian media of spreading “fake news” by covering China’s mass internment of minorities.