Trump calls for release of Canadian prisoners in China



"Donald Trump spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the United States' trade negotiations with China and the North American Free Trade Agreement, the AEUMC," the White House said in a statement.
"During the appeal, the president expressed the firm commitment of the United States to work with Canada to secure the proper treatment and release of Canadian citizens currently detained in China," said the U.S. executive.

The December arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, the leader of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, sparked a heated diplomatic crisis between Beijing and Ottawa.

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China has since arrested ex-Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and his fellow consultant Michael Spavor, whom it suspects of spying, and has sentenced to death two other Canadians convicted of drug trafficking.
Washington demands the extradition of Meng Wanzhou to the United States, where she is accused of complicity in fraud to circumvent the sanctions against Iran, which she denies.

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This announcement by the White House comes on Thursday just hours before the entry into force of the additional tariff increase on 200 billion dollars of Chinese goods, and while trade negotiations between China and the United States have just resumed.

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