Ottawa asked Washington not to sign a trade agreement with China

Ottawa demande à Washington de ne pas signer un accord commercial avec la Chine

The prime minister Justin Trudeau on parliament hill in Ottawa, Wednesday

December 19, 2019 14h44


Ottawa asked Washington not to sign a trade agreement with China

Catherine Lévesque

The canadian Press


OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau has asked the United States not to finalize a free trade agreement with China as the two Canadians will be detained by the chinese authorities.

This is what the prime minister revealed during an interview at the morning show VAT “Hi hello!”, Thursday.

Mr. Trudeau was asked if the signing of a free trade agreement for trade between the United States and China was going to do-unlock “all the rest”.

“Hopefully, he replied. They said that it should not be that the United States sign a final and entire agreement with China, which does not rule on the issue of Meng Wanzhou and two Canadians (prisoners).”

The diplomatic tensions between the Canada and China have begun on December 1, 2018, while the leader of Huawei has been arrested in Vancouver at the request of the United States who wish to his or her extradition.

A few days later, two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, have been arrested in China for arbitrary reasons, according to Ottawa.

Mr. Trudeau said in the same interview that Canada is working “almost every day” to try to make it clear to China that it needs to release MESSRS. Kovrig and Spavor.

The fact of the hold will not help the cause of Ms. Meng, since Canada has a justice system that is independent, ” said Mr. Trudeau.

“Regardless of the pressure they put on us, by stopping two Canadians, it’s not going to change the decision of the court in British Columbia in relation to an extradition treaty”, he said.

Canada, meanwhile, is in the process of fulfilling its obligations to extradite the leader of Huawei, but the process could take “years”, he stressed.

Mr. Trudeau added that Canada will continue to discuss with the United States and China in an attempt to resolve the impasse because, “it’s really frustrating”.

World affairs Canada has confirmed that other visits to the consular took place with MESSRS. Kovrig and Spavor this week.

Consular officials have met with Mr. Spavor on December 16, and Mr. Kovrig on December 17. Officers continue to provide consular services to the two men and their respective families.

During an interview with The canadian Press, on Wednesday, Mr. Trudeau reiterated that the detention of these two men is “at the forefront of the relationship between Canada and China”.

“Obviously, I regret the situation. I regret that there are two Canadians detained in China, he said. But I can’t regret that it has fulfilled the terms of an extradition treaty-international with our ally and partner the nearest.”

The prime minister ensures that the country’s allies continue to put pressure on China to release MESSRS. Kovrig and Spavor “because this decision (…) has consequences not only on Canada, but for countries around the world.”

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