OTTAWA — people from all over the world are “extremely disturbed” by the detention of Canadian in China, said the prime minister Justin Trudeau, who has called for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
Since Mali, on Saturday evening, Mr. Trudeau has told reporters that the canadian government urged his chinese counterparts to seek the release of the two men.
The two men have been arrested for reasons of security a few days after the canadian authorities had arrested a leader of the giant chinese technology Huawei Meng Wanzhou, due to an extradition request from Washington.
The chinese authorities then arrested Mr. Kovrig, a former diplomat, on a sabbatical of world Affairs Canada and Mr. Spavor, a contractor.
“We urge the Chinese to tell them how important it is that they will release the detainees, because it is something that Canadians, and, honestly, people from all over the world find it extremely disturbing,” said Mr. Trudeau during his time with surprise in Mali to visit the canadian troops.
Canada argued with its allies that the detention of the Canadian mark, a “worrying precedent” — a point that has very much resonated with the representatives of other countries, according to the minister of foreign Affairs asked by chrystia Freeland.
Germany said Sunday that it was convinced that Canada will legal proceedings “fair, neutral and transparent” to Ms. Meng.
“For two Canadians who were arrested in China, we urge [the authorities] to treat them fairly and with respect for the rule of law,” said the ministry of foreign Affairs in a press release.
On Friday, the u.s. department of State affirmed that Canada had only fulfilled its legal obligations by arresting Ms. Meng, and called for the release of the two Canadians.
The british minister of foreign Affairs has also issued a communiqué to witness his concern about the possible political motivation leading to their arrest. The european Union has also expressed its concerns.
“We are in the process of applying our laws and our rules to the letter in the case in Canada,” said Mr. Trudeau. We expect that all the rules are followed by the Chinese and this is what also expect our allies and people around the world.”
For Canada, the incident of Ms. Meng has overshadowed the will of the Trudeau government to broaden the commercial ties between the two countries.
The leader of the conservatives Andrew Scheer has accused Justin Trudeau to choose a “naive approach” in the face of China, which leaves no “lever” for Canada, he says. It has also encouraged the prime minister to contact the most senior officials of the chinese government.
On Wednesday, world Affairs Canada had announced that a third Canadian had been arrested, but according to the Trudeau government, there is no reason to believe that the arrest is linked to the other two.