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.
As Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor began their third year in Chinese prisons on Friday, December 11, 2020, the grievances between Canada and China deepened, dimming hope the two Canadian men would win freedom any time soon.
China affirmed on Thursday, December 10, 2020, that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor will face a national security trial as Canada and its allies urged Beijing to release the pair, saying they were being arbitrarily imprisoned.