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China calls international open letter condemning Kovrig, Spavor detainments an attack on country’s sovereignty

The Chinese government has accused an august group of academics, foreign policy experts and former diplomats of interfering with Beijing’s sovereign rule, after nearly 150 people signed an open letter calling for the release of two detained Canadians.

In a heated response Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying accused the letter’s signatories — which include some of the world’s top China scholars and two former national foreign ministers — of “deliberately attempting to arouse fear,” and shading the truth.

Because China weighs every move with an eye to whether they’ll be liked on twitter.