Beijing's representative in Ottawa says Chinese firms are not involved in foreign espionage and he challenges anyone who says otherwise to produce evidence or keep quiet, in a rare interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio's The House.
Zhang Junsai, China's ambassador to Canada, tells host Evan Solomon, "I can assure you that our companies working in other countries are strictly doing business according to the local laws."
"If you really have the evidence, come [out] with it. If not... shut up," Zhang says in no uncertain terms.
Well, that's certainly . . . um, undiplomatic language. But maybe we should cut the ambassador some slack. I understand that the young Zhang's first real job was in the rough and tumble world of the Chinese clothing trade.