China calls Trudeau ‘arrogant’ over comments on Spavor verdict


China is calling Trudeau “extremely unreasonable, absurd and arrogant,” over his comments on the conviction of Canadian Michael Spavor. According to Bloomberg, the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa expressed its “great indignation and strongest condemnation” in a statement Thursday. The embassy was furthermore critical of the allegation that the imprisonment of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were arbitrary and in response to the extradition of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. “There is no such thing as ‘arbitrary detention’ at all,” the embassy said of the Spavor case. “On the contrary, the Canadian side, disregarding the political nature of the Meng Wanzhou incident and acting as an accomplice of the US side, has detained Ms. Meng, an innocent Chinese citizen who violates no Canadian law at all, for nearly 1,000 days. This is arbitrary detention in every sense of the term.” China is also slamming the United States for their opposition to the ongoing detention of the two Michaels. “People should never be used as bargaining chips,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

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