Trudeau Seeks Support from Allies at G20 amid China-Canada Tensions

By Kirkup, Kristy | The Canadian Press, June 27, 2019 | Go to article overview

Trudeau Seeks Support from Allies at G20 amid China-Canada Tensions


Kirkup, Kristy, The Canadian Press


PM seeks support from allies at G20 on China

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OSAKA, Japan - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Osaka, Japan for the G20 leaders' summit, where he will look to raise the issue of two Canadians held in China at "every opportunity."

Trudeau has no meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the summit to do this but U.S. President Donald Trump committed to raising the issue during his own meeting with the prime minister in the Oval Office last Thursday.

Trudeau will also lean on like-minded allies that have already spoken out about the detentions, including France, the U.K., Germany and Spain.

On Friday, Trudeau will meet with European partners to discuss a range of issues such as climate change, though the diplomatic issue with China is expected to be raised.

Earlier this month, Trudeau also discussed the detentions with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

Prior to the G20, experts including Canada's former ambassador to China David Mulroney said Canada could use the forum provided at the summit to speak to other leaders who face similar challenges with China.

"It is in America's interest and it is in the interest of a lot of other countries to see China pull back from hostage diplomacy and bullying," Mulroney said in an interview.

The arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are widely viewed as retaliation for the December arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.

Wanzhou remains under house arrest, where she resists extradition to the U.S. to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions. …

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