By James BreslauThe death of a Canadian man in a Beijing airport in September 2016 prompted a nationwide lockdown, but the lockdown had no effect on a number of Chinese cities.
Chinese authorities now use the term “war on terrorism” to describe the campaign to root out any signs of dissent in the country.
But the campaign has also created a climate of fear that has led to the deaths of more than 20 people, including four Canadian citizens.
In the weeks before the killing of Mr Teng, Chinese officials repeatedly threatened the Canadian consul in Beijing with arrest, as well as shutting down international trade and tourism in the region.
The death in the airport, which triggered widespread protests, was a major setback for Beijing’s efforts to quell the anti-China protests, which began in the summer of 2016 and have continued in 2017.
The Chinese government has said it is trying to crack down on the protests and has used the phrase “war” to justify its efforts.
In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Canada of “provoking” the protesters by holding protests in cities across the country and urging people to attend rallies.
“The Canadian government has a responsibility to uphold China’s sovereignty and security and has a duty to protect Chinese nationals and citizens in China,” it said.
“We demand that all Canadians refrain from any kind of provocative acts that may be aimed at interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, particularly neighbouring countries, such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.”
The ministry also said Canada “should be fully aware” that the Chinese government is using the term ‘war’ to justify the crackdown.
China’s Foreign Ministry did not respond to requests for comment.
The Global Times, a Chinese newspaper, said in an editorial that China was using the war on terror to “defend its own sovereignty and national interests” and said Canada should not be “grateful to China”.
“The war on terrorism has already brought about the deaths and destruction of innocent Chinese citizens and Chinese citizens abroad,” it wrote.
“It is time for Canadians to pay a heavy price for the crimes committed by our government.”
They have failed to live up to the duties of the leader of the world’s second-largest democracy.
“What is wrong with them?
They have failed the duty of their duty to live in the interests of the Chinese people.”
A statement by the Canadian Embassy in Beijing said it had received a number more death threats since the killing, and would continue to work closely with the Chinese authorities to help them investigate the killing.
“Our embassy is aware of several recent threats and threats of violence against Canadian citizens in the area, which have been directed at the Canadian consulate in Beijing,” the statement said.
It added that it was working with the provincial governments to provide protection for their citizens.
The Canadian embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
Chinese authorities have warned Canadians not to travel to the region, where they have been targeted by Chinese security forces and political dissidents.
The region is a hotspot for foreign protests and anti-government protests, but Beijing has long been careful not to use its military to quash them.
China has repeatedly blamed the United States and other Western nations for the unrest, which it says is aimed at undermining its rule.
China also said it would not allow Canada to visit the region because of the protests.
Canada’s government has also accused China of not taking its side in the ongoing protests.
The UN says there have been at least three mass protests in recent months, including one in Toronto in October that drew hundreds of thousands of people to the streets.
In the wake of the airport killing, China’s foreign ministry warned that Beijing was ready to act to protect Canadian citizens, but it also said Beijing was prepared to work with Canada to resolve the issue peacefully.
“China does not interfere in the domestic affairs of neighbouring countries,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that Beijing did “not oppose the decision of Canada to impose the sanctions on Canada” and that Beijing could “resolve the issue in the same way it resolved other issues with neighbouring countries”.
The statement said China had “agreed to implement the sanctions in line with the principle of reciprocity” and would “provide relevant assistance to the Canadian government”.