Trump, Trudeau discuss issue of two Canadian citizens detained in China
(Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump discussed the issue of two Canadian citizens incarcerated in China on Saturday, Trudeau's office said in a read-out statement of the phone conversation between the two leaders.
Trudeau thanked Trump for helping the United States to "release the two Canadian citizens arbitrarily detained by China". The explanation was https://bit.ly/3nFPSwj without giving any further details.
The White House had no immediate comment on any further details of the call.
China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman, in late 2018 and later accused them of espionage after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, on a US arrest warrant.
Relations between Canada and China have been strained since then.
The United States' own tensions with China have also increased recently over how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, the ongoing trade war between the two countries, the introduction of a national security law for Hong Kong, and the subsequent end of Hong Kong's special status under the United States Trump law.
Trudeau and Trump also discussed the U.S. President's health following his latest COVID-19 diagnosis on Saturday, as well as ongoing efforts to fight the coronavirus.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh; Editing by Chris Reese)
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