China should free Canadians held after Huawei arrest: Mike Pompeo

Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties

Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties

China's foreign ministry says the Canadian citizens are each being investigated on suspicion of violating China's national security laws.

The Canadians were Michael Spavor, a China-based consultant who arranges visits for foreigners including National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman to North Korea, and Michael Kovrig, a Mandarin-speaking former Canadian diplomat who works for the International Crisis Group, a think tank that looks for peaceful solutions to global conflicts.

"The Canadian government at the request of the US side wrongly detained the Chinese citizen", Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.

Instead, the world's two largest economies set up talks to address United States trade concerns, particularly what U.S. officials say is China's rampant theft of USA technology to prop up its own firms.

In recent years, South Korea, the Philippines and Norway have all seen their trade with China dented during diplomatic disputes, something American companies have so far escaped in the trade war. Canada is one of the few countries in the world unabashedly speaking out in defense of human rights and the global rule of law.

"It's not about being nice guys, or good guys".

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"With the WTO, both China and the US were informed and were engaged secondarily in that discussion", Trudeau explained.

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Jim Bolin, speaking at the state legislatures conference in Washington , recalled an example from Wisconsin. In our partisan era, "if there's no political repercussion, there's really no incentive not to do this".

Trudeau, in his strongest comments on the matter to date, said China's detention of the two men was "not acceptable".

"It's always easier to keep it from escalating too much by focusing on official-to-official, ambassador-to-ambassador, minister-to-minister, and then once you've worked your way through this, you get to a place where it's leader-to-leader".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters, December 12, 2018, at United Nations headquarters.

The two foreign ministers tried to distance politics from the extradition process that is now in the Canadian courts.

Asked about the remarks, Freeland said: "We all agree that the most important thing we can do is to uphold the rule of law, ensure that Ms. Meng's right to due process is respected and that the current judicial process in Canada remains apolitical".

Canada complied with the request from its giant neighbor to arrest Meng, who was changing planes in Vancouver, despite worries of repercussions.

Freeland has said that Canada is working to ascertain the two citizens' whereabouts and is raising their cases with Chinese authorities. "This is not a tool that should be used for politicized ends". "He should be freed immediately", Malley said in a statement.

"We will continue to fight for Michael and will not rest until he is released, free, and reunited with his loved ones".

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