China says detained Canadians 'without a doubt' violated the law

China says detained Canadians 'without a doubt' violated the law

Updating its travel advisory, the State Department maintained its previous guidance that Americans should "exercise increased caution" in China and stopped short of discouraging visits.

"US citizens under exit bans have been harassed and threatened", it said. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng's arrest. "China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive. or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for", the assistant minister, Le Yucheng, says in a statement.

Strains with China expanded after Canadian police captured Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's CFO, Meng Wanzhou, on December 1 in Vancouver in line with the United States.

Meng faces extradition to the United States to face fraud charges, which she denies, linked to allegations of avoiding the U.S. sanctions on Iran. "The U.S., however, has recently used various excuses to conduct gratuitous inspections and create obstacles for Chinese citizens entering the U.S". Diplomatic tension between Canada and China has intensified since Meng's arrest on December 1.

"The message from Global Affairs Canada was that it was better that we go than not go", Cooper said.

Cooper said that despite planning to discuss the Canadians' detention, the objective of the trip is to engage directly with Chinese government officials to discuss a broad range of issues, such as trade.

Meanwhile, China's vice premier, with responsibility for the domestic economy, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talk about the ongoing tariff battle between the two countries.

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"This outnumbers the proportion of Chinese people visiting the United States", Lu said.

The warning comes as three U.S. citizens were accused of committing "economic crimes" and barred from leaving China in November.

From January to November 2018, 2.3 million people traveled from the United States to China, said the spokesperson, adding that this meant 70 out of every 10,000 Americans visited China.

"Without a doubt, these two Canadian citizens in China violated our country's laws and regulations, and are now undergoing investigation according to procedure", Zhang Jun, China's prosecutor general, said.

"We have said here that these two Canadian citizens are under investigation in accordance with law for engaging in activities that undermine China's national security", said the prosecutor, Zhang Jun, at a briefing in Beijing. He said such figures could answer the question of whether China was safe for foreigners.

Canada has called the detentions "deeply concerning" and "arbitrary", and demanded the immediate release of the two men.

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