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U.S.-China deal should secure Canadians’ release, Trudeau says

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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her family home in Vancouver in this May 8, 2019 file photo. (Photo: Reuters/Lindsey Wasson)

Ottawa | Reuters — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that the U.S. government should not finalize a trade deal with China unless the pact also secured the release of two Canadians detained by Beijing.

The two men were picked up separately in December 2018, shortly after police in Vancouver held Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. arrest warrant. The two Canadians face state security charges.

Trudeau said Canada has been working with Washington in a bid to convince China to release the two men: businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig.

“We have said that the United States should not sign a final and complete agreement with China that does not settle the question of Meng Wanzhou and the two Canadians,” Trudeau told Quebec television station TVA.

It was unclear whether Trudeau was referring to the so-called ‘Phase One’ deal between China and the United States, which has yet to be signed, or a more complete agreement.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that the two sides would sign the Phase One trade pact, which calls for U.S. farm product exports to China to double over the next two years, at the beginning of January.

Joseph Crook, a spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Ottawa, said Washington was deeply concerned by the arrest of the two Canadians.

“President Trump and other senior officials have called for the release of the two detained Canadians in meetings with the highest levels of the Chinese government,” he said by email.

— Kelsey Johnson reports for Reuters from Ottawa.

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