A second Canadian went on trial in Beijing on Monday after being detained for more than two years in apparent retaliation for the arrest in Vancouver of a top executive with Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, the two Canadians detained by China in 2018 as part of a high-stakes trilateral stalemate with the United States, are facing separate court hearings in the next week.
Neither Canada's prime minister nor the U.S. secretary of state were showing their diplomatic cards on Friday, February 26, 2021, as the two countries discussed the plight of two Canadians languishing behind bars in China.
Joe Biden granted Justin Trudeau at least one of the items atop his wish list on Tuesday, as they met for the first time as president and prime minister: a pledge to help get two Canadians out of a Chinese prison.
The White House did not acknowledge Canada's own wish list for President Joe Biden's meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, focusing instead Tuesday on areas of "shared vision" and "mutual concern."
More than a dozen federal lawmakers from all parties are calling for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved outside China, citing a "genocidal campaign" by the state against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.
Conservative MP and shadow foreign affairs critic Michael Chong said the Liberal government has “failed” to comply with a motion regarding Canada’s relationship with China adopted by the House of Commons last Friday.