Moreover, Canada has clearly tied itself with the US' interests and lost its independence over sovereignty, which damaged its worldwide image as people from other countries may have second thoughts about visiting Canada over concerns of unwarranted detention, Li Haidong, a professor at the Beijing-based China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times on Friday.
Michael Kovrig, a diplomat on leave from his post in Hong Kong; and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur who helped organise tourist trips to North Korea, were seized nine days after Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was taken into custody.
Meng, a daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, attended the for a bail hearing, as the U.S. seeks her extradition on fraud charges.
Freeland did state that Canada is conducting "fair, unbiased and transparent legal proceeding with respect to Meng Wanzhou".
US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino also called for the two to be freed, while European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini said through a spokesperson: "The EU supports the efforts of the Canadian government".
Nevertheless, the sheer number of Canadians detained in China underlines a complex reality facing the Liberal government as it deals with Beijing's fury following the arrest in Canada of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou earlier this month.
China demanding the immediate release of the CFO retaliated by detaining two Canadian citizens- Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig on the suspicion of "activities that endangered China's national security".
Canada, supported by its allies, called on China to release two Canadians who have been detained in what is widely seen as retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive, pending extradition to the United States.
If a Canadian judge rules the case against Meng is strong enough, Canada's justice minister must next decide whether to extradite her to the United States.
China on Saturday also summoned John McCallum, Canada's ambassador in Beijing, to call for Meng's release.
Meanwhile, Canadian scholars and media outlets warned that China may sour relations with Canada in various fields including trade.
At the very least, Lebhour says, Kovrig should be allowed to see a lawyer and receive regular consular visits from Canadian officials. He was working for the International Crisis Group, a non-governmental think tank, when he was arrested in Beijing.
But Beijing-based Western diplomats and former Canadian diplomats have said they believed the detentions were a "tit-for-tat" reprisal by China. No country, including the USA, spoke out publicly in support of Canada.
Chinese Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye called Meng's detention "a premeditated political action in which the USA wields its regime power to witch-hunt a Chinese high-tech company out of political consideration" in an article he wrote for the Globe and Mail on Thursday.
He said he was "deeply concerned by suggestions of a political motivation" for the detention of Kovrig and Spavor.
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