Ambassador to China John McCallum meets with detained Canadian Michael Kovrig

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Then Trump said this week that he might intervene in the Huawei case if it would help clinch a trade agreement with China, upending US efforts to separate the court proceeding from U.S.

Robert Long and Ada Yu hold signs in favor of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou outside her bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver on December 11.

Bild points to the exceptional circumstances of her arrest, saying Washington has been content in the past to impose fines on foreign companies found guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said a second Canadian had gone missing after reporting to consular officials that he was being questioned by Chinese authorities.

The Canadian foreign ministry identified the second Canadian as Michael Spavor, a China-based business consultant who facilitates trips to North Korea, met with its leader Kim Jong Un and famously arranged some of retired National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman's visits there.

One of his most recent Facebook posts, on Sunday, said he was about to travel to Seoul in South Korea but he did not arrive on Monday as planned.

The United States has accused her of lying to bankers about the use of a covert subsidiary to sell to Iran in breach of sanctions.

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The Canadians were arrested for what Beijing has said is suspicion of "harm to national security" - a phrase often used by Beijing when alleging espionage.

Meng was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver, outraging China and sparking a diplomatic standoff between the North American allies and Beijing. The U.S. accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to deceive banks and do business with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

China has threatened unspecified consequences if she is not released.

Asked if the detentions were in response to Ms Meng's arrest, he said they were part of an "operation taken by China's relevant national security authorities in accordance with the laws".

A paramilitary police officer cycles past the embassy of Canada in Beijing on Wednesday.

The United States and China have emphasized that China-U.S. trade talks are separate from the case against Meng, though President Donald Trump obliterated the distinction Tuesday, saying he'd intervene if it would help produce a trade agreement with China.

Canada's relationship with Donald Trump has reached a "new level of frustration" after the USA president's comments this week on the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer, says a senior source.

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But the Canadian prime minister has said little since news of this week's arrests became public. Ms Meng also cited health reasons for requesting bail. Once T-Mobile gets approval from the Comittee of Foreign Investment, it then needs to seek approval from both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission.

Deutsche Telekom, Europe's largest telecoms company, on Friday said it was reviewing its vendor plans in Germany and other European markets where it operates, given the debate on the security of Chinese network gear.

USA regulators planned to bar it from receiving US components that it depended on, effectively a corporate death sentence.

Johnny Fong, Richmond chairman of wholesale giant Brands Inc. which imports millions of products such as giftware and kitchenware from China to Canada monthly, told the Richmond News he is also a bit concerned about the "unclear situation".

Speaking outside the White House Wednesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urged reporters not to jump to the conclusion that Trump will actually intervene in Meng's case.

Meanwhile, if the judge commits her for extradition, the minister must decide whether to issue a surrender order for her to be actually extradited.

"Let's just hope we can all go through this safely and smoothly".

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