Trudeau again chides China over detention of 2 Canadians

Galtero Lara
Enero 14, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched a scathing attack on China on Friday, over the detention of two Canadian citizens in Beijing, and defended Canada's arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States that has sparked a diplomatic row between China and Canada.

China detained former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor last month, accusing them both of activities that "endanger China's security" - a phrase often used by Beijing when alleging espionage.

The two Canadians were held last month after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, in Vancouver on Dec 1, at the request of the USA which has accused her of violating Iranian sanctions. But Trudeau asserted that Friday.

He did not elaborate on why Kovrig is entitled to it.

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"This is something that we are engaged right now both with Chinese officials and with our partners around the world where there is a concern for the need for all countries to do like Canada and to respect the rule of law and the independence of our judicial processes". He noted that Meng was arrested because of an extradition request and she is out on bail and living in her Canadian home.

Mr Trudeau, asked about the comments, said Canada had simply acted in accordance with the rule of law.

In an article in the Ottawa-based Hill Times newspaper last Wednesday, Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye said Canada's demands for the release of the two men reflected "double standards" born of "Western egotism and white supremacy".

Canada has embarked on a campaign with allies to win the release of the detained Canadians. Officials previously said he was on an unpaid leave from his Canadian government job.

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