Trudeau to China: Respect Diplomatic Immunity of Detained Canadian
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Chinese officials are not respecting the diplomatic immunity of one of the Canadians detained in China last month as he ramped up efforts to get them released. China arrested former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor on vague national security allegations. Huawei executive's arrest The arrests came after a top Chinese executive was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of Washington, which wants Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran. She is out on bail in Canada and awaiting a bail extradition proceeding next month. Kovrig is an analyst on northeast Asia for the International Crisis Group think tank who took a leave of absence from the Canadian government. Canadian authorities haven’t previously said he was protected by diplomatic immunity. But Trudeau asserted that Friday. “It is unfortunate that China has arbitrarily and unfairly detained two Canadian citizens, and indeed in one of the cases is not respecting the principles of diplomatic immunity,” Trudeau said. He did not elaborate on why Kovrig is entitled to it. China sees 'white supremacy' But the prime minister reiterated that Canada was operating under the rule of law. He noted that Meng was arrested because of an extradition request and she is out on bail and living in her Canadian home. He said all countries need to respect the rule of law. China’s ambassador to Canada accused the country this week of “white supremacy” in calling for the release of the two Canadians detained in China last month, while describing the detentions as an “act of self-defense.” Canada calls on allies Canada has embarked on a campaign with allies to win the release of the detained Canadians. The... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Trudeau to China: Respect Diplomatic Immunity of Detained Canadian, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 11 January
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