US Urges Release of Canadians Detained in China  

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is urging the immediate release of two Canadians detained by China on allegations of espionage. In a statement released Monday, Pompeo said the United States was “extremely concerned” about their safety. “These charges are politically motivated and completely groundless,” said Pompeo. Full U.S. statement on FILE – People hold signs calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig during an extradition hearing for Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, Canada.The two were arrested shortly after Canada detained Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant. China has said that the two incidents are unrelated but some experts believe Kovrig and Spavor are being used as pressure against Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the arrests of the two men “arbitrary.” Secretary of State Pompeo on Monday also echoed what he said was Canada’s call for immediate consular access to its two citizens, in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. “China has prohibited such access for almost six months, and the world has no knowledge of the two Canadians’ condition,” said Pompeo. 

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