Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files
BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Monday it reserved the right to take more action after Canada suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and said efforts to pressure Beijing were â€œdoomed to fail like kicking against the pricksâ€.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the remarks about the potential for more action during a daily briefing. China, locked in a dispute with Canada, has charged two Canadians with espionage and blocked canola imports.
The Chinese embassy in Canada issued a statement on Monday urging Ottawa â€œto correct its mistakesâ€ and stop meddling in Chinaâ€™s internal affairs. It said â€œerroneous measures introduced by a handful of western countriesâ€ would have no impact on the security legislation.
â€œTheir attempt to exert pressure on China under the pretext of Hong Kong-related issues is completely against the trend of time, and doomed to fail like kicking against the pricks,â€ it said.
â€œKicking against the pricksâ€ is an English expression meaning â€œto hurt oneself by struggling against something in vain,â€ according to the Collins dictionary.
Canada acted on Friday in response to new national security legislation for Hong Kong, which China condemned as interference in its internal affairs.
Separately, China warned its citizens on Monday to exercise caution in traveling to Canada, citing â€œfrequent violent actionsâ€ by law enforcement.
The dispute erupted in late 2018 after Canadian police detained Huawei Technologies Coâ€™s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on a U.S. arrest warrant. She is still being held pending possible extradition to the United States.
Last week Canada advised its citizens they could face an increased risk of arbitrary detention in Hong Kong and possible extradition to mainland China.