John Ivison: Trudeau ruled out a prisoner swap with China but don't expect him to take harder line

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John Ivison: Trudeau ruled out a prisoner swap with China but don't expect him to take harder line

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The emphatic nature of Justin Trudeau’s disavowal of a prisoner swap with China to free two Canadian detainees should not build expectations of a more combative approach by Ottawa. Nobody inside the federal government expects a dramatic shift from the policy of enlisting allies to exert quiet pressure on the Chinese. Trudeau said his government is looking at “a range of options” in its efforts to have Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor released from Chinese jails, even as he dismissed the prospects of ending the extradition process around Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou.

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