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After China charges two Canadians with spying Trudeau says he is ‘disappointed’

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Published on June 19, 2020 with No Comments

Former Canadian ambassador says Trudeau has followed a policy of ‘appeasement’ with Beijing.

Five hundred and fifty-seven days after Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were first detained by Chinese authorities, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he is “disappointed” that China has now formally charged the two men with spying.

Asked what his government would do to secure the release of these Canadian nationals, Trudeau said Canada would continue to work “behind the scenes in very direct and firm ways.”

“We take very, very seriously the situation of Canadians in difficulty overseas. Over the past years, we’ve had a number of successes in liberating Canadians,” he said at a press conference in Chelsea, Que.

“We will continue to use all of our expertise to return these two Michaels to Canada.”

China formally announced the charges shortly after midnight eastern time, but Trudeau did not mention the two men in his prepared opening remarks this morning.

His only comments on the matter came when he was asked by the press to respond to China’s latest action.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said she was “heartbroken” and “really angry” to learn about the latest development. She said the effort to repatriate the men is a “whole of government effort” and Canada will not rest until they’ve been freed.

“We should look at everything in China and see where we can be less forthcoming than what we have been up to now,” he said.

The former ambassador said Canada should move its trade away from China to other Asian nations and step up inspections of Chinese exports.

He said Canadian authorities should jail Chinese spies and work with allies to “tarnish the reputation” of China.

 

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