The United States has waded into a dispute between Canada and China over the detention of two Canadian citizens in the East Asian country.
Washington sided with Ottawa, calling for “immediate release” of two Canadians detained after the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on a US warrant in Vancouver earlier this month.
“We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of two Canadians earlier this month and call for their immediate release,” Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said.
China detained the two Canadians – Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat and an adviser with the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank, and businessman Michael Spavor – last week.
It came after Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer for the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, at Vancouver’s airport on December 1.
Freeland said Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei’s founder,…