Envoy of China to the U.N. On Tuesday, after the outgoing diplomat called for the release of two Canadians detained by the Chinese government, Beijing defended its human rights record and offered farewell to its German counterpart.
China’s Deputy Representative Geng Shuang accused Germany’s Christoph Heusgen of launching “vicious attacks” this year during the final meeting of the 15-member United Nations Security Council.
“I want to say from the bottom of my heart, Good riddance, Ambassador Heusgen,” Geng said. His remarks came after Heusgen, 65, called on Beijing to release Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, respectively, a diplomat and a businessman, who were detained and accused of espionage in December 2018.
Their continued detention is widely seen as revenge for the arrest, at the behest of the United States, of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who had been detained days earlier by the Canadian authorities on fraud charges.
“While the Chinese executive spends her time with a man in seven bedrooms,