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© Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERSFILE: China's President Xi Jinping (L) and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the session on women's workforce participation, future of work, and ageing societies, at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019.
The Chinese Embassy in Canada expressed "strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition" to the baseless accusation of "China's interference in Canada's internal affairs," according to its spokesperson on Friday.

The initial report released by Canada's Foreign Interference Commission on Friday launched a scathing attack on countries including China, Russia and India, accusing them of interfering in Canada's 2019 and 2021 general elections.

"We have never meddled in Canada's internal affairs, nor do we have any intention to do so. The attempts by certain Canadian politicians to shift blame onto China for their own electoral failures are unfair and unethical, revealing their self-serving and shameless nature," the spokesperson said, adding that China has consistently upheld the principle of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs.

The report is riddled with contradictions and ideological bias and lacks credibility, according to the spokesperson.

It uses terms like "may," "might," "potential" and other misleading words and claims to derive conclusions from "intelligence," yet also notes that the intelligence has not been proven by stating that "not all of the information provided below necessarily has been corroborated or fully assessed," said the spokesperson.

Comment: In attempting to deflect blame and smear other nations, Canada is actually undermining itself and the integrity of its own institutions.

Such contradictory statements undermine the report's validity and suggest a deliberate attempt to mislead the public, said the spokesperson.

Canada has a record of grossly interfering in China's domestic affairs on issues concerning China's core interests, including Taiwan, Xinjiang, Xizang and Hong Kong, the spokesperson added.

It seeks to undermine China's security and stability by overtly and covertly condoning and supporting separatist activities, said the spokesperson. "These are clear and well-grounded facts."

Comment: Indeed.

According to the spokesperson, Canada's actions are akin to a thief calling on others to catch a thief. "We urge the Canadian side to respect the facts, abandon ideological bias, and stop groundlessly attacking China," the spokesperson said.