‘Hostage diplomacy’: Canada asks NATO to track China moves in South China Sea


Canada’s defence minister Harjit Sajjan has said that NATO needs to “monitor” China’s activities as the actions that it has been “demonstrating in the South China Sea are obviously concerning”.

Sajjan made these observations while participating in a panel discussion titled A Compass of Stability – NATO’s Ageless Utility, organised by the GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum, based in the Slovakian capital.

Sajjan, who appeared from Ottawa via video link, also accused China of indulging in “hostage diplomacy” by taking two Canadians, including a former diplomat, into detention in retaliation for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, in Vancouver in 2018.

“This type of hostage diplomacy is not what good rules-based-order nations do. So, if you want to be part of the global rules-based order, we need to have greater predictability,” Sajjan said, as per the agency Canadian Press.