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Closed meeting between MPs and Chinese officials planned, then cancelled

Closed meeting between MPs and Chinese officials planned, then cancelled
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OTTAWA -- An all-party House of Commons committee of elected MPs planned a closed-door meeting with a delegation of Chinese politicians and diplomats but abruptly cancelled it today.

A former Canadian ambassador to China says the meeting was a bad idea in the first place because holding it in-camera meant a lost opportunity for Canada to show Beijing how a democracy really works.

The meeting was cancelled one day after Canada s new top spy told a business audience that interference by hostile states has now become a greater threat to Canadian national security than terrorism.

The Commons foreign-affairs committee had planned to meet in-camera for one hour on Thursday with Lu Shaye, Beijing s ambassador to Canada, and four visiting members of the National People s Congress of China.

The congress is China s legislature, consisting of nearly 3,000 deputies.

A spokesman for the committee s Liberal chair said China cancelled the meeting, but he dismissed further questions about why it was initially closed to the public.
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