Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will lean on the power and influence of the mercurial Donald Trump to raise the issue of two detained Canadians during a bilateral meeting with the Chinese president at a G20 summit in Japan this week — something the U.S. president publicly committed to doing at "Justin's request."
Defence lawyers for a senior Huawei executive have asked Canada's foreign affairs minister to stop the extradition process against their client, saying the request made by the United States was for political purposes, not legitimate law enforcement reasons.
China warned Canada on Friday, May 31, 2019, that it needs to be aware of the consequences of aiding the U.S. in a case involving the Chinese tech giant Huawei that is believed to have sparked the detention of two Canadians in China.
The United States will link the liberation of the two Canadians imprisoned by China to its free-trade talks with the People's Republic, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence pledged on Thursday, May 30, 2019.