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Arrests: China Release and Arrests Saturday

arrests: In the last few days, officials from the United States and Europe have joined Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's complaints about the arrests, according to National Observer. Saturday, for the first time, Freeland directly demanded that China release the two.U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino called for their freedom on Friday. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the detention of Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer is a much bigger international offence than China's own arrests of two Canadians, including a former diplomat. ; After Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on an American extradition warrant, Chinese authorities picked up researcher and analyst Michael Kovrig, who is on leave from Canada's foreign service to work for the anti-war International Crisis Group, and businessman Michael Spavor, who arranges exchanges with North Korea. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was deeply concerned about a political motive for their arrests. Germany and France have issued similar statements. A statement from the European Union said the national-security claim raises concerns about legitimate research and business practices in China. ( As reported in the news.