The Chinese ambassador in Ottawa assured Canadians that the country he represents “is not a police state” and that the “vast majority” (though not all) should not worry about being kidnapped by the police, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. “If you walk on the Chinese streets, it’s quite safe. That is the impression of so many foreigners going to China,” said Cong Peiwu. Cong complained during a Zoom conference at Memorial University of St. John’s that too few Canadian students attended school in China, saying there were only 1,300 Canadians in China compared to the 200,000 Chinese studying in Canada. “We do encourage and welcome Canadian students to go study in China,” he said. When asked by CBC’s Chris O’Neill-Yates about arbitrary arrests, Cong said that it was “people engage in those criminal activities, whether it’s Canadians or other nationalities” that faced those risks and not those visiting for tourism. Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been jailed in China since 2018 in what is widely regarded as a retaliatory arrest, taking place just days after the detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.