China re­sponds

National Post (National Edition) - - LETTERS - Yang Yun­dong, spokesper­son of the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Canada

Re: Chi­nese prison life hellish: Cana­dian, Jan. 8

The story said the Cana­dian had roused the at­ten­tion of tens of mil­lions of Chi­nese peo­ple by mak­ing “racially charged” com­ments and a “very in­sen­si­tive” re­mark about the “Nan­jing Mas­sacre” in a WeChat group made up of mostly ex­pa­tri­ates, and that it made na­tional news in China. In fact, WeChat is nei­ther Weibo nor Face­book. His re­marks in his WeChat group could not at­tract the at­ten­tion of so many Chi­nese peo­ple. This is sim­ply il­log­i­cal.

The story also al­leged that the Cana­dian was de­tained in China for three weeks. But ac­cord­ing to “Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion Punishment Law of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China,” a per­son who in­cites eth­nic ha­tred or eth­nic dis­crim­i­na­tion, or pub­lishes con­tents about eth­nic dis­crim­i­na­tion or hu­mil­i­a­tion in pub­li­ca­tions or net­works, should be de­tained for over 10 days but less than 15 days. There­fore, there is no penalty for three weeks of de­ten­tion.

As for the sit­u­a­tion the Cana­dian de­scribed in Chi­nese prison, it is more like the plots in Vic­tor Hugo’s novel Les Mis­érables. The sim­ple facts men­tioned above show that this was most prob­a­bly a fab­ri­cated story.

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