Canada's Trudeau to meet Trump for talks on trade pact, detained Canadians

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requested the call in January with Premier Li Keqiang so he could

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requested the call in January with Premier Li Keqiang so he could"personally advocate for the immediate release of two Canadians detained a month earlier

Canada was dragged into the fray last December when it arrested a senior executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, during a flight stopover in Vancouver on a U.S. warrant.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on June 20 for talks on a new continental trade pact and two Canadians detained in China, Trudeau's office said on Thursday.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence has said that Trump will raise the plights of Kovrig and Spavor as part of his broader trade discussion with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this month's G20 leaders' summit in Japan.

Trudeau requested the call in January with Premier Li Keqiang so he could "personally advocate" for the immediate release of two Canadians detained a month earlier and for clemency in the case of another Canadian who would later be sentenced to death for drug trafficking, his spokeswoman Chantal Gagnon said in a statement.

Canada is caught between its two biggest trading partners on that issue, with Trudeau insisting Canada has to follow the rule of law but having no luck pressing the case with China's leaders.

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As well, Trudeau plans to discuss the detention of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig in China. On Thursday the government promised that Export Development Canada will put up $150 million in additional insurance backing for canola farmers looking to sell in new markets.

According to Mr Trudeau's office, he and Mr Trump will also discuss the pending ratification of a new three-way trade agreement with Mexico that was signed last November and will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau's visit falls on the second last scheduled day of the House of Commons sitting.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks during a news conference at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., U.S., June 13, 2019. A day earlier, Freeland discussed trade with US trade czar Robert Lighthizer and China with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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