Trudeau, European leaders talk detention of Canadians in China at G20
Prime Minister Truedeau met with European partners in Osaka, hoping to garner support on the arrests of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor
OSAKA, Japan – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says Canada received “broad support” from European leaders at the G20 on the issue of two detained Canadians in China.
The prime minister, who met with European partners this morning in Osaka, has been eyeing additional support from world leaders on the issue at the summit of major economies.
The arrests of the Canadians – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – are largely viewed as retaliation for the December arrest of Chinese high tech executive Meng Wanzhou.
Meng remains under house arrest in Vancouver, where she awaits extradition to the U.S. to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.
Trudeau also is relying on U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 after he committed last week in Washington to raising the issue with the Chinese at the prime minister’s request.
Trump is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday at the summit but Trudeau does not have his own meeting with him.