AFP: Canada’s Prime Minister said yesterday that China is playing aggressive games with Canada and other countries’ democratic institutions. This was after Canadian media reported that China provided funding to a number of federal election candidates. Do you have any response to these comments?
Zhao Lijian: Relations between countries can only be built on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. China-Canada relations are no exception. The Canadian side should stop making remarks that would harm bilateral relations. We have no interest in Canada’s internal affairs.