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20:10  20 june  2019
20:10  20 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Trump promises help with Canadian detainees in China as Trudeau visits D.C. © REUTERS/Yuri Gripas U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2019.

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump says he will raise the issue of two Canadians being detained in China when he meets with the Chinese president next week, if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants him to.

Speaking to reporters as the two sat in the Oval Office, Trump vowed to do "anything I can do to help Canada" with the cases of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig when he meets China's President Xi Jinping at next week's G20 leaders' summit in Japan.

The two Canadians have been languishing behind bars in China since shortly after Canada arrested high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou late last year at the behest of U.S. authorities.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will discuss the Chinese regime and global issues with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington D . C . Thursday Canadian consulular officials have been able to visit Kovrig and Spavor about once a month each, the last visits being June 12 and 13 respectively.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged caution on Wednesday and said he would not be "stomping on a table" after China detained a third U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters last week he might intervene in the case if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade

Canada has been caught in the crossfire after detaining Meng last December in Vancouver, where she awaits extradition south of the border to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.

Trudeau's trip to Washington, including his third Oval Office visit since Trump was elected in 2016, is aimed primarily at pushing the new North American trade deal over the finish line in both countries.

But the two leaders say they will also discuss the situation with Iran, whose Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. surveillance drone on Thursday morning, deepening a conflict between the U.S. and Iran.

Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

Trudeau raises detention of two Canadians with Chinese president at G20 summit.
OSAKA, Japan — The issue of two Canadians detained in China was raised in discussions with the Chinese president at the G20 summit in Osaka, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday. Canada and China are going through a "challenging moment" right now, Trudeau said in his summit closing press conference, adding that direct conversations are key to moving forward. "I think it was important that I have an opportunity to have face-to-face discussions with President Xi on this issue," Trudeau told reporters. "We take the situation of the two Canadians detained in China extremely seriously and it was important we have those exchanges.

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