Canada’s Trudeau Urges Unified Front Against China’s Arrests, Says All Nations Vulnerable By Reuters

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By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged nations around the world to maintain a unified front against Chinese arrests of foreign nationals, saying that all countries are vulnerable. Trudeau made his comments when China offered more consular access to two Canadian men it arrested in December 2018 and charged with espionage. Canada has repeatedly called on its partners to pressure Beijing for his release. “We have a tremendous level of alignment, not just with the United States but with allies around the world, to continually raise the issue of coercive diplomacy that China is increasingly using,” Trudeau said in an interview at the Reuters Next summit that broadcast Thursday. “We must all unite because who knows which citizens will be next?” China detained the two men after Canadian police detained Huawei Technologies Co Ltd CFO Meng Wanzhou with a US arrest warrant. He is under house arrest in Vancouver while fighting extradition. Sylvine Khoury, a spokesman for Chancellor Marc Garneau, said Canada had obtained deals involving greater family and consular access to the two men in recent months, but did not elaborate. A person familiar with the case said that since October, consular visits had returned to pre-pandemic levels. The two men’s families had also spoken to them once on the phone, said the person, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation. Khoury also said that Canadian immigration officials had allowed Meng’s relatives to visit her. Canada has strict travel restrictions to combat the coronavirus. A spokesman for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino declined to comment when asked if the permission for Meng’s family was related to the increased consular access. For more information on the Reuters Next conference, click here or To watch Reuters Next live, visit

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