Freeland Demands ‘Immediate Release’ Of Canadians ‘Arbitrarily’ Detained In China

Canada’s foreign affairs minister is asking China to immediately free two Canadians she says are being “arbitrarily” detained in the country.

“We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of two Canadians earlier this month and call for their immediate release,” Chrystia Freeland said in the Canadian government’s strongest statement since the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Vancouver triggered a diplomatic spat.

Freeland also told the Chinese ambassador Friday that Canada is asking for the release of the two men, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

Both the U.S. and U.K. expressed support for Canada on the detainee issue and the country’s handling of the case of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer.