United States and Canada: release of the in China, detained Canadians demanded

United States and Canada: release of the in China, detained Canadians demanded

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement, "We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of two Canadians earlier this month and call for their immediate release".

The ambiguity surrounding the arrests has also added to the unease, said Canadian Adrian Wu, who frequently travels to China for both work and leisure.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement the UK is confident that Canada is respecting its extradition treaty with the USA and said he is "deeply concerned" that China may have detained the two Canadians for political reasons.

The United States has sought to extradite Meng, who is out on bail in Canada, on charges of misleading multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating US sanctions.

Meng, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade USA trade curbs on Iran, was detained on December 1 while changing planes in Vancouver, Canada.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement that he is "deeply concerned" that Beijing may have detained the two Canadians for political reasons. The EU, meanwhile, issued a statement saying that the "declared motive" for their detention "raises concerns about legitimate research and business practices in China".

While Canadian authorities said the latest detention appears to be a routine visa case, it has nonetheless exacerbated concerns among Canadian expatriates in China - fearful that they too might be detained over a legal technicality.

Members of the media wait outside the residence of Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou after she was released on bail in Vancouver.

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Nine days later, the Chinese secretly detained two Canadians on vague suspicions of "engaging in activities that endanger the national security" of China.

China on Saturday also summoned John McCallum, Canada's ambassador in Beijing, to call for Meng's release.

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

China's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While protesting what it calls Canada's violation of Meng's human rights, China's ruling Communist Party stands accused of mass incarcerations of its Muslim minority without due process, locking up people exercising their right to free speech and refusing to allow foreign citizens to leave the country in order to bring pressure on their relatives accused of financial crimes.

With the situation now in its third week, Canada's allies have stepped into the breach. But US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation", down played the impact of the arrest on trade talks between the two countries aimed at defusing the tensions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during an end of session news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.

Meng's bail was set at $10 million, with $7 million of that to be made in cash.

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