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China Detains 2 Canadians as Canada Maintains Rule of Law in Huawei CFO Arrest
That announcement on Wednesday (December 12) signals the latest in growing tensions between the two nations, which started with the arrest of a Chinese executive in Vancouver. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was seen leaving a Canadian courtroom Tuesday (December 11). She was released on bail, after being detained for over a week but still faces possible extradition to the U.S. That same day, Canada confirmed one of its citizens, a former diplomat, was detained in China. In a Thursday editorial, Chinese state media urged Canada to defy the U.S. and grant unconditional freedom to Meng. The U.S. Justice Department accuses her of misleading multinational banks about transactions linked to Iran, potentially violating U.S. sanctions. In an exclusive interview with Reuters this week, President Trump said he would intervene with the Justice Department on her case if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with Beijing. But in Wednesday's press conference, Canada warned the U.S. not to politicize the extradition case.