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Trudeau says China not respecting diplomatic immunity

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said Friday that Chinese officials are not respecting the of one of the Canadians detained in last month as he ramped up efforts to get them released.

arrested former Canadian and on vague national security allegations.

The arrests came after a top Chinese was arrested in on December 1 at the request of Washington, which wants extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company's business dealings in She is out on bail in and awaiting a bail extradition proceeding next month.

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Canadian authorities haven't previously said he was protected by But asserted that Friday.

"It is unfortunate that has arbitrarily and unfairly detained two Canadian citizens, and indeed in one of the cases is not respecting the principles of diplomatic immunity," said.

Trudeau asserted in both French and English answers to a question but did not elaborate on why Kovrig is entitled to it.

But the reiterated that was operating under the rule of law. He noted that Meng was arrested because of an extradition request and she is out on bail and living in her Canadian home. He said all countries need to respect the rule of law.

China's to Canada accused the country this week of "white supremacy" in calling for the release of the two Canadians detained in China last month, while describing the detentions as an "act of self-defense." Canada has embarked on a campaign with allies to win the release of the detained Canadians. The United States, United Kingdom, and have issued statements in support.

Trudeau called US about it and the called the arrests of the Canadians "unlawful." On Friday, arrested a and one of its own former cybersecurity experts and charged them with spying for China.

The development comes as the US is exerting pressure on its allies not to use Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecommunications network equipment, over data security concerns.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 08:40 IST