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Why Canadians are fuming at footloose politicians


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New Christmas campaign for Canadians held in China


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China says two Canadians held for two years on ‘spying’ accusations have been indicted and tried


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Trudeau: Canadians won’t be among the first to get COVID-19 vaccine


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Trudeau: Canadians won’t be among the first to get vaccine


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Trudeau to US: don't sign China trade deal unless Canadians freed

Trudeau to US: don't sign China trade deal unless Canadians freedCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on the United States not to sign a trade deal with China unless Beijing agrees to release two Canadians detained since last year, prompting a defensive response from Beijing. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been held in China’s opaque legal system since they were apprehended on December 10, 2018, accused of espionage.



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China says case of detained Canadians turned over to prosecutors

China says case of detained Canadians turned over to prosecutorsChina’s foreign ministry said on Friday that an investigation into two Canadians detained on state security charges since December last year had ended, and the case had been turned over to prosecutors. Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in China shortly after Canadian authorities arrested Huawei Technologies Co’s [HWT.UL] Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. warrant. Canada says their arrests were “arbitrary”, and has been in a diplomatic dispute with China since then.



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Trudeau: U.S. should not finalize China trade deal unless detained Canadians are released

Trudeau: U.S. should not finalize China trade deal unless detained Canadians are releasedCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that the U.S. government should not finalize a trade deal with China unless the pact also secures the release of two Canadians detained by Beijing.



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China says detained Canadians treated in 'civilised way'

China says detained Canadians treated in 'civilised way'China defended on Tuesday its year-long detention of two Canadians after Ottawa accused Beijing of “arbitrarily” arresting the men in what was widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of a Huawei executive. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been languishing in China’s opaque legal system since they were apprehended on December 10, 2018, just nine days after the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.



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Detained Huawei executive spends Canada bail reading and painting as two Canadians denied lawyer in China

Detained Huawei executive spends Canada bail reading and painting as two Canadians denied lawyer in ChinaMeng Wangzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese phone company Huawei currently on bail in Canada as the US seeks to extradite her, has revealed that she spends her days reading, talking to colleagues and painting. US prosecutors say Ms Meng is linked to fraud that allowed Huawei to evade sanctions against Iran, and are attempting to have her moved to the US to face trial. She was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December 2018, one year before she published a ‘thank you’ message to supporters on Huawei’s website on Sunday. Ms Meng wrote that life on bail passed “so slow that I have enough time to read a book from cover to cover. "I can take the time to discuss minutiae with my colleagues or to carefully complete an oil painting.” The Huawei executive, whose detainment sparked a diplomatic row between Canada and China, is able to travel around Vancouver relatively freely outside her 11pm-6am curfew. She has been living in a £3.5 million, six-bedroom house, one of multiple properties she owns in the city. “While my personal freedoms have been limited, my soul still seeks to be free,” she wrote. “Amidst these setbacks, I've found light in the life around me… if a busy life has eaten away at my time, then hardship has in turn drawn it back out.” Business consultant Michael Spavor is one of two Canadians arrested by China after Ms Meng was detained Credit: WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images Ms Meng’s lifestyle is in sharp contrast to that of two Canadians who were detained in China shortly after her arrest, in a move many saw as hostage diplomacy-style retaliation by Beijing. Michael Spavor, a consultant specialising in North Korea relations, and Michael Kovrig, an NGO worker and former diplomat, have been in a Chinese detention centre for a year. Last May they were charged with spying. The two men, who Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, said were being held in “arbitrary detention” for “political goals”, have reportedly been interrogated and held in rooms lit by artificial lighting 24 hours a day. They have reportedly been prevented from meeting with lawyers and family, and not allowed to go outdoors. In July Mr Kovrig’s reading glasses were allegedly confiscated by officials keeping watch over him. Ms Meng suggested that she enjoyed a more positive relationship with her guards. “After a whole night of heavy snow, the security company's staff were so considerate that they shoveled a path for my elderly mother, filling our hearts with warmth in this cold winter,” she wrote.



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