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International, Politics, Society

Majority of Canadians support Trudeau’s refusal to swap Meng for Two Michaels

The majority of Canadians support Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s refusal to consider exchanging a top Huawei executive held in Canada under house arrest for two Canadians jailed in China in apparent retaliation for her arrest, according to a new poll. »

International, Politics

Do not appease China with ‘prisoner exchange,’ experts warn Trudeau

A group of Canadian security experts is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resist growing pressure for a Cold War-style swap of a top Huawei executive held under house arrest in Canada in exchange for two Canadians jailed in China »

International, Politics

Trudeau stands firm on refusing to trade Huawei exec for jailed Canadians

Trading the two Canadians jailed in China for the top Huawei executive held under house arrest in Canada on a U.S. extradition request would put millions of Canadians at risk, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. Speaking at his daily »

International, Politics

Trudeau rejects idea of exchanging jailed Canadians for Huawei exec

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday unequivocally rejected the idea of a Cold War-style prisoner exchange between Canada and China to secure the release of two Canadians charged with espionage by Beijing in an apparent retaliation for the arrest by »


Trudeau says he’s ‘disappointed’ after China charges two Canadians with spying

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he is “disappointed” with China’s decision to charge two Canadians with espionage after holding them in detention for over a year and a half. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested »

International, Politics

China ‘doesn’t seem to understand’ Canada’s independent judiciary, says Trudeau

Chinese authorities “don’t seem to understand” that Canada has an independent judiciary free from political interference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday as he called on Beijing to release two Canadians who have been detained since December of 2018. Former »


Canada calls for virtual consular access to detained Canadians amid COVID-19

Foreign Affairs Minister Fracois-Philippe Champagne is calling on Chinese authorities to allow virtual consular access to Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor who marked 500 days in Chinese detention on Thursday. Kovrig, who took a leave of absence from Global »

International, Politics

‘Canada feels too bitter to cry’ over spat with China, says Chinese official

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appeal to the U.S. to help secure the release of two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities is “a waste of time,” China’s foreign ministry said Friday. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang delivered the remarks at a media »

International, Politics

China set to charge detained Canadians with spying

Chinese authorities are getting ready to charge two Canadian citizens held for a year with spying “for foreign forces,” a spokesperson for Chinese foreign ministry said Tuesday. Speaking to reporters during the regular press briefing in Beijing, Hua Chunying said the »

Economy, International, Society

China-Canadian relations may be facing another hurdle

Sino-Canadian relations–strained since the arrest a year ago of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver International Airport at the request of the United States and the arrest two days later of two Canadians in China–may be headed towards more strife. »