Mike Pompeo says China should free two Canadians held after Huawei executive’s arrest

US intervention comes as Canadian officials granted access in China to Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has said China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week following the arrest in Canada of a senior Huawei executive on a US extradition warrant.

Pompeo’s comments were the first by a senior US official on the Canadians’ arrests, which the country’s prime minister Justin Trudeau said could escalate a growing trade conflict between China and the United States.

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