Donald Trump to discuss Huawei during highly-anticipated meeting with Chinese president

OSAKA, Japan — U.S. President Donald Trump is meeting now with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 in Osaka — a meeting that Canada is watching closely as it looks to free two detained Canadians in China.

Ahead of the meeting, Trump said the issue of Huawei would come up in the discussions, adding that “time will tell” whether the two countries can reach a deal.

A central point of contention between the U.S. and China is the decision by the Americans to deem the Chinese technology company as “incompatible” with its security interests and that of its allies.

Trump has also pledged to use the face-to-face as an opportunity to raise the issue of two detained Canadians.

Ahead of the G20, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the president in Washington, where Trump committed to doing “anything” to help Canada.

In December, after Huawei’s chief financial officer was arrested on a U.S. extradition warrant in Vancouver, Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were taken into custody in arrests deemed “arbitrary” by the Canadian government.

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