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US Tells Canada It's Urging China to Free Detained Canadians

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Canada on Thursday that the United States was working to get China to release two Canadians it detained last year on espionage charges in cases linked to a U.S. criminal charge against a Chinese technology executive.    On a visit to Ottawa, Pompeo told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, "Please do know our team is focused on helping those two Canadians be released. We're working on it diligently. It's wrong that they are being held."    Pompeo said that "China needs to honor the commitments it's made to the world, and it's our expectation they'll do so."    Ahead of their talks, Trudeau said he appreciated U.S. efforts and would be talking with Pompeo about "how we move forward on that." Trudeau said last month that U.S. President Donald Trump had raised the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at one of their meetings.    China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor in December 2018 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer at Huawei, the giant Chinese telecommunications company.   FILE - Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is pictured as she exits the court registry following a bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec. 11, 2018.Meng was arrested Dec. 1 in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities, who want her extradited to stand trial on fraud charges in the U.S. Since her arrest, she has been staying at her multimillion-dollar mansion there awaiting extradition proceedings.    China's relations with Canada have been icy since the arrest of Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei.    After Trudeau spoke about the detention of the two Canadians Thursday, China's embassy in Ottawa condemned the continued house detention of Meng.     "China... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, US Tells Canada It's Urging China to Free Detained Canadians, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you US Tells Canada It's Urging China to Free Detained Canadians

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Thursday, 22 August

 

 

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