China Taunts Germany’s Departure from UN Security Council over Canadian Prisoners Remark

China’s deputy UN envoy taunted his German counterpart after he was asked to free two detained Canadians for Christmas during the latter’s last day on the UN Security Council.

China’s deputy UN envoy taunted his German counterpart after he was asked to free two detained Canadians for Christmas during the latter’s last day on the UN Security Council. 

“Out of the bottom of my heart: Good riddance,” said China’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Geng Shuang on the day German ambassador Christoph Heusgen finishes a two-year term on the 15-member council at the end of December.

Shuang, accused Heusgen of abusing the Security Council to defame other members after raising the topic about the Canadians. 

“Let me end my tenure on the Security Council by appealing to my Chinese colleagues to ask Beijing for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Christmas is the right moment for such a gesture,” said Heusgen.

Kovrig and Spavor have been in Chinese custody for almost two years as an alleged retaliation for the arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer after the US requested for extradition on bank fraud charges.

The Chinese government has denied any connection between the two cases, but continue to use Kovrig and Spavor to leverage the release of Meng. 


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