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Canada will not be intimidated by China, says PM Trudeau

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada April 19, 2023. REUTERS/Blair Gable/File Photo

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday Canada will not be intimidated by retaliation from China after Beijing expelled a Canadian diplomat in a tit-for-tat response to Ottawa's decision to expel a Chinese diplomat on Monday.

"We understand there is retaliation, but we will not be intimidated, we will continue to do everything necessary to keep Canadians protected from foreign interference," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.

Canada expelled Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei over allegations related to foreign interference on Monday, and hours later, China asked Canadian diplomat in Shanghai to leave by May 13 in response to Ottawa's "unreasonable actions".

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa)

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