Voice for Ottawa: Washington demands Beijing to release 2 detained Canadians

US Canada promise due process for arrested Chinese executive

The United States and Canada met Friday for high-level talks amid a showdown with China, which has voiced fury over the arrest of an executive in Vancouver on a USA request.

China has demanded the release of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecoms behemoth Huawei whom Washington wants extradited for allegedly violating USA sanctions on Iran.

But 7,000 miles away, the relationship between China and North America would be tested, when Canadian police arrested a woman named Meng Wanzhou.

The case has set off a three-way diplomatic spat in which Canada is stuck in the middle.

During the interview, Trudeau made it clear that the U.S.

Freeland implicitly pushed back against recent comments by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has said the case could be used as part of wider trade negotiations with Beijing.

Pompeo's comments were the first by a senior USA official on the arrests, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said could escalate a growing trade conflict between China and the United States.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China for the detention of two Canadian nationals, in what is widely seen as retaliation against Ottawa for seizing a Huawei executive on Washington's request two weeks ago.

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"The unlawful detention of two Canadian citizens is unacceptable".

Earlier this week, China detained two Canadian nationals - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - over allegations they were involved in activities endangering national security. "We ask all nations of the world to treat other citizens properly, and the detention of these two Canadian citizens in China ought to end".

What, us politicize something like this? Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder, has said she is innocent. Freeland said Friday's discussions focused on upholding the rule of law, and ensuring Meng's right to due process is respected and that the ongoing legal process remains free of politics.

"Canada follows the rule of law".

But sometimes, he said, the rules can be improved. "It is also very important for Canada that extradition agreements are not used for political purposes".

"The Canadian government at the request of the USA side wrongly detained the Chinese citizen", Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. Both were arrested Monday. That is no longer a certainty, particularly after Trump's jabs at Trudeau and persistent complaints about the Canadian government's policies. American support for the kingdom has come under intense scrutiny after US intelligence officials concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known of the plot to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

But the only way for Canada to see its way through the turbulence is to adhere strictly to the rule of law, and the global institutions that are under threat, Trudeau said.

As President Trump sat across the table from Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 in Buenos Aires, things seemed to be looking up.

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