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 Photo shows flags of Canada and China prior to a meeting of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Fred Dufour, Pool Photo

by OMNI News staff

The House of Commons’ Special Committee on Canada-China Relations saw more witnesses testify this week.  They discussed the allegations that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had infiltrated into Chinese media in Canada.

Adam Nelson from the National Democratic Institute testified this week, and said preliminary results from his organization’s public opinion poll to gauge Hong Kong citizens’ perspective on democratic development in the city, shows their strong desire to leave.

“The polling is still in the field, but it shows some indication of the lack of trust in the incredible polling ahead of the legislation council elections next year, and a strong desire for Hong Kongers to leave the city,” Nelson told the committee.  

He also claimed the current situation in Hong Kong is so critical that many activists are being targeted under the national security law, making them feel unsafe. He says Canada should provide a lifeboat scheme to help the citizens of Hong Kong who want to leave, but aren’t financially stable enough to do so.  

Mabel Tung of the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement also testified, and claimed that in Canada, pro-democracy activists believe they are being targeted by the Chinese Communist Party, and many choose to self-censor out of fear.  

“People talk to me a lot of times during our rallies, we’ve had over 20 rallies over the last two years, and they say that I’m sorry I can’t come anymore, this is my last time, because I have family in Hong Kong, and also my grandmother is in China. I don’t want them to be intimidated by the police or by anybody in China. So this is a real thing happening,” Tung testified. 

The retired editor-in-chief of Sing Tao Daily, Victor Hoalso raised the allegations of the CCP’s infiltration of Chinese media in Canada, and urged the Canadian government to safeguard the Chinese community from being infiltrated by a foreign government.  

 “This is a kind of a misinformation war just happening or happened for a few years already in Canada,” Ho told the committee.

“The Chinese newspaper, Chinese media here propagate a lot of Chinese messages, but the Canadian government does nothing to stop it,” Ho claimed. 

However, earlier this month, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China has “never interfered” in other countries’ affairs nor does it have any interest in doing so. This was in response to Australia charging the first person under its foreign interference law