Trudeau calls Chinese arrests of two Canadians 'unacceptable'

Meng Wanzhou seen here as she leaves her home in Vancouver last week was arrested in Canada at the request of the U.S

Earlier in the day, China formally arrested two Canadian citizens who were detained on accusations of obtaining secret state data on behalf of foreign actors on 16 May.

"Canada strongly condemns their arbitrary arrest as we condemned their arbitrary detention on December 10", the Canadian foreign ministry said in a statement to the newspaper.

Chinese authorities have formally arrested on state secrets charges two Canadians detained a year ago, the government said on Thursday, drawing condemnation from Canada in a case that is likely to further increase tension between Ottawa and Beijing.

"The Chinese government is not following the same kind of rules that the large majority of democracies follow", Trudeau told reporters at the Canadian embassy after holding talks with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

The coincident timing confirmed many China watchers' suspicions that China is using the Canadian citizens to retaliate for US actions against Huawei.

Although no link has been officially made, the detentions are thought to be in retaliation for Canada's detention on December 1 past year of Huawei Technologies Co (華為) chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (孟晚舟), who is accused of breaching sanctions on Iran.

Mr Lu said yesterday that the two were arrested recently, but did not provide a date, and added that he had no information about where they were being held.

China is demanding Meng's immediate release and has called on the U.S. to withdraw the extradition request and stop the "unreasonable suppression" of Chinese companies.

Both men have been denied access to lawyers and allowed only monthly consular visits.

"China has always conducted its affairs in accordance with the law", he stated.

Putting constraints on Huawei's supply chain could also delay its procurement of components and parts needed to help Chinese telecom operators roll out 5G in China, US brokerage Jefferies wrote in a note, unless Beijing manages to negotiate with Washington to help Huawei get out of "jail".

They have been accused of harming national security, but were not formally arrested until Thursday.

They were held days after Canada detained top Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a United States extradition request, which sparked assumptions that it was a retaliatory act by Beijing.

Ms Meng, 47, is the daughter of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's billionaire founder, Ren Zhengfei.

Meng is allowed to live in her Vancouver mansion, although her mobility is limited. Meng is accused by the USA authorities of having misled multinational financial institutions about Huawei's control of a company called Skycom operating in Iran between 2009 and 2014.

She was ordered to wear an electronic anklet and hand over her passports after being released on bail in mid-December past year.

After a Canadian court pushed back a decision in Meng's case, the Chinese court also announced it would delay announcing whether Schellenberg would be put to death.

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