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US State Department renews China traveling advisory over raised diplomatic tensions amid arbitrary enforcement of local laws, after a Chinese technology company executive got arrested in Canada.

Furthermore, authorities said U.S. citizens may have to face "prolonged interrogations and detentions". The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng's arrest.

In an official statement, spokesperson Guillaume Bérubé said: "We can confirm that at least eight have been released". Those detentions occurred days after Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

USA prosecutors have accused her of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating sanctions.

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

Beijing has only given vague details about the detention of the two Canadians, and hasn't drawn a direct link to Meng's arrest. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also called for their release, and the UK, EU, Australia, France, and Germany have all issued statements voicing concern over the detentions.

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In response, the Chinese government on Friday said that the U.S. travel warning did not hold up, citing the large number of Americans that visited the country a year ago. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she takes her "extradition responsibilities and obligations very seriously" and that the final decision on extraditions lies with her. Freeland warns any comments made in the United States could be used by Meng's lawyers before Canadian courts, which would have to judge their relevance in deciding whether to follow through on the American extradition request.

The rights of foreign nationals in China have received renewed focus because of public concern over the fate of three U.S. citizens accused of committing "economic crimes" in the country.

As for the suggestion that Kovrig did anything to undermine China's national security, Malley said those accusations are false.

The Chinese regime's top prosecutor said January 3 that two Canadians detained after Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou had "without a doubt" violated the law.

China last month detained two Canadians, a former diplomat and a businessman, on charges of activities that "endanger China's security". The next day, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian woman, Sarah McIver, received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.

McIver, a teacher, has since been released and returned to Canada.