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Trudeau refuses to trade Meng for jailed Canadians

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 26, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected calls to swap Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou for two Canadians languishing in Chinese jails.
Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister   Justin Trudeau
The reason, he said, is that such a trade would endanger Canadians abroad.

Topics: Trudeau Meng

“It is obvious that the first priority of any government is to protect its citizens,” Trudeau said. “If countries around the world, including China, realize that by arbitrarily arresting random Canadians they can get what they want out of Canada politically well, that makes an awful lot of Canadians who travel around the world vulnerable to that kind of pressure.”

His assertion comes one day after the Chinese foreign ministry said if an extradition hearing on Meng was canceled and she is set free, it could affect coming trials for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the so called two Michaels.