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Hong Kong protests

China envoy warns of 'very bad damage' if Canada follows US lead on Hong Kong

'It's very dangerous' to have 'this kind of law,' says envoy

China's new ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu speaks during a news conference for a small group of reporters at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.   © Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) -- China's new ambassador to Canada on Friday warned Ottawa not to follow the U.S. lead and formally back protesters in Hong Kong, saying such a move would cause "very bad damage" to already poor ties with Beijing.

Canada, locked in a trade and diplomatic dispute with China, has repeatedly expressed concern about the safety of its 300,000 citizens in Hong Kong, hit by five months of mass demonstrations for more democracy and autonomy.

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