Relations deteriorated between China and Canada following the December arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, a top official in China’s telecom giant Huawei, who is wanted by the United States for allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran.Since then, Chinese authorities have arrested two Canadians on suspicion of espionage and blocked imports of Canadian agricultural products, moves Beijing says are unrelated to the Huawei case.
Trudeau said he had spoken to Xi about the detained Canadians – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and consultant Michael Spavor – during brief, informal exchanges on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan last week.
Ahead of the summit, Trudeau asked Trump to raise the issue of the detained Canadians with the Chinese leader when they met at the summit. Trump reportedly said that he would do what he could.
“I’m confident the Americans brought up the issue, President Trump brought up the issue, of the detained Canadians in China,” said Trudeau, speaking at a joint news conference with visiting Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.