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Canadian released from Chinese detention

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Beijing has moved to free two Canadian citizens detained in China, according to the Canadian government, after Meng Wanzhou, the executive at the center of the trade war between the U.S. and China, was released from a Vancouver detention center last week.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday provided an update on the Canadians detained in China. Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, is being released “subject to certain conditions,” Freeland said. China also released Kevin Garratt, a Canadian photographer living in China, who has been held since July 2017.

Freeland also said the government’s top priority is ensuring the safety of Kovrig and Garratt. She would not discuss negotiations to free them further.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s global chief financial officer, was released from detention last week. She is the daughter of the founder of Huawei. Last year, she was accused of fraud by the US. She denies all of the allegations.

A day before Meng’s release, Chinese authorities arrested Meng’s Canadian husband and son on allegations they tried to defraud a US bank. The son is an engineer working in Canada.

Chinese state media, online media outlets and government-controlled press have suggested the arrest of Meng was politically motivated. Some commentators on Chinese social media have expressed outrage at the Canadian government’s release of two citizens who don’t have citizenship.

Jiang Yingde, an activist, told CNN that the actions of Canada and the US was “barbaric and outrageous.”

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