Canada mounting global effort to free Canadians detained in China

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Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said this week that he's "deeply concerned by suggestions of a political motivation for the detention of two Canadian citizens by the Chinese government".

Canada apprehended the Huawei chief financial officer on December 1, when she was changing planes at Vancouver International Airport, in response to a request from the United States under an extradition treaty.

Amid this global diplomatic effort to put more pressure on China, Ms. Freeland said Canada continues talking with the country to explain that Ms. Meng's detention was not political and that she has been treated with respect throughout the judicial process. "Canada is conducting a fair, unbiased and transparent legal proceeding with respect to Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's Chief Financial Officer". The Huawei official was arrested after the U-S requested her extradition allegedly for violating anti-Iran sanctions.

He is allowed only one consular visit from Canadian diplomats a month, and family and loved ones can not see him, the reports said.

The two men were detained in China, Canada's second-largest trading partner, shortly after Meng was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the request of United States authorities earlier this month.

Chinese people could say no to all Canadian products, and it's already started with the famous Canada Goose, which has seen its shares plunge in the past days and Chinese consumers calling for a boycott against it.

The BBC reported that ICG spokesman Karim Lebhour claims Mr Kovrig has been denied access to a lawyer, while an unnamed source told Reuters he is being questioned three times a day and is not permitted to turn the lights off in his cell at night.

"I wish to express Canada's appreciation to those who have spoken recently in support of the rule of law as fundamental to free societies", Freeland's statement concluded.

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Freeland repeated a call for the "immediate" release of the two men who had been "detained arbitrarily".

Chinese officials took former diplomat Mr. Kovrig and entrepreneur Mr. Spavor into custody on December 10, just days after China promised retaliation for Canada's arrest of Ms. Meng.

Canadian officials have declined to comment on Chinese threats of retaliation over the case, instead emphasising the independence of Canada's judiciary along with the importance of Ottawa's relationship with Beijing.

Finally, Meng says she is innocent of the allegations levelled against her and will contest the allegations at trial in the USA if she is ultimately surrendered.

The Canadian province of British Columbia said in a statement Sunday it cancelled a trade mission to China because of Meng's detention.

The detainee, Sarah McIver from Alberta, Canada, is under administrative detention by Chinese police due to working illegally.

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, left, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks to reporters during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.

With the situation now in its third week, Canada's allies have stepped into the breach. "Sometimes politicizing or amplifying the level of public discourse on this may be satisfying in the short term but would not contribute to the outcome we all want, which is for Canadians to be safe and secure".

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