Trudeau & Biden Talk China

  • Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained by China for more than 700 days, and have been accused of "coercive diplomacy."
  • “We have demonstrated an ability to stand up and defend Canadian interests throughout and we will do so as we move forward,” Mr. Trudeau said.
  • So far, Canada can only ask allies to pressure Beijing to release the arrested Canadians, but sanctions are not considered for the time being.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President-Elect Joe Biden talked on the phone on Monday. Prime Minister Trudeau said that the two sides talked about two Canadians being imprisoned in China, and he hoped that the Biden administration could help in lobbying China to release the two.

Michael Kovrig is a Canadian former diplomat who worked for the International Crisis Group, a transnational, pro-peace think tank.

Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained by China for more than 700 days, and have been accused of “coercive diplomacy.”

After talking to President-Elect Biden, Prime Minister Trudeau said at a press conference that China has arbitrarily detained two Canadians in retaliation for Meng Wanzhou’s arrest for more than 700 days. This kind of “coercive diplomacy” has not worked.

Trudeau said:

“I am extremely confident that the incoming American administration will continue to be a good partner to Canada and other nations around the world as we look to impress upon China that the approach they are taking is simply not working . . . and impressing upon them the importance of returning the two Canadians who have been arbitrarily detained.”

In December 2018, Canada detained the daughter of Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, and then Huawei’s vice chairman and chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.

A few days later, the Chinese government arrested former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. China denies any involvement in the Meng Wanzhou case, but the outside world believes this is an obvious act of revenge.

“We have demonstrated an ability to stand up and defend Canadian interests throughout and we will do so as we move forward,” Mr. Trudeau said. “Creating or imposing barriers between Canada and the U.S. not only hurts Canada but also hurts workers and companies in the United States.”

The two Canadians have been imprisoned, and it was not until June this year that China filed a formal prosecution, accusing Michael Kovrig of “surveying state secrets abroad, intelligence crimes” and Michael Spavor involved “surveying abroad, illegally providing state secrets.”

In addition to two Canadian questions, Prime Minister Trudeau also talked to President-Elect Biden about the new coronavirus epidemic, climate change and NATO.

Michael Peter Todd Spavor is a Canadian consultant who has worked extensively in North Korea. He is director of Paektu Cultural Exchange, an organization that promotes investment and tourism in North Korea.

“My job is to make sure we work well with the current administration and we will work well with the incoming administration,” Mr. Tradeau said.

“It’s important to remind people of the strength of American democratic systems and institutions, designed to evaluate and analyze and tabulate election results.”

Canadian Allies Support

In June this year, Prime Minister Trudeau refuted the suggestion that the Canadian government tried to exchange Meng Wanzhou for the two detainees, saying it would weaken Canada’s values ​​and judicial system.

So far, Canada can only ask allies to pressure Beijing to release the arrested Canadians, but sanctions are not considered for the time being.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once again called on China to release the two Canadians immediately. He said that the United States is extremely concerned about the case and emphasized, these allegations are politically motivated and have no basis at all.

Australia, Britain, France, Germany , European Union and other countries also put pressure on China on this matter. Prime Minister Trudeau said “our allies around the world are extremely concerned about the plight of Canadians.”

He thanked allies for “screaming” about Beijing’s practices called “hostage diplomacy.” He believes that these two cases are obviously related to the Meng Wanzhou case.

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