'Our approach ... is working': Trudeau trumpets Western support against China's detention of 2 Canadians

Posted In: News Date:Jul 5th, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government's diplomatic outreach to allies has galvanized the Western world against the arbitrary detention of two Canadian nationals imprisoned in China.

Speaking to reporters in Montreal at a transit funding announcement, Trudeau said U.S. President Donald Trump and others have raised the issue with the highest levels of China's leadership, and the pressure is mounting on the Communist regime in Beijing to release Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

"One of the things that we've seen is that our approach of highlighting, around the world, the concerns that people have with the arbitrary detention of two Canadians by China, is working ... countries are concerned not just for Canadians but the challenges this poses to the rule of law and to the international rules-based order," Trudeau said. "Canada will always stand up clearly for the well-being of Canadians and for their interests, but we also stand up for our rules and values around the world, and that is something that our allies appreciate.