In late February, the White House said it had not made a final decision on whether the United States would take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.
His comments come after multiple countries slapped sanctions on China amid numerous reports of horrific mistreatment of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang.
'We need to stand together to remind those who violate human and democratic rights that the world is watching,' Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement.
China has sanctioned Canadian MP Michael Chong and the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued the statement on Twitter as two detained Canadians await a verdict from China's judicial system.
The two Canadians detained in China are now awaiting the respective verdicts following trials in which Canadian officials, the public and the media were barred from attending.
The two Canadians are slated to head to trial in China within the next week, facing a court system that boasts a 99 per cent conviction rate.
Garneau said the detention of the two men is "a top priority for the Government of Canada."
Biden on Tuesday vowed to work with Canada to secure the safe release of Spavor and Kovrig, saying "humans are not bartering chips."
Canadians Julia and Kevin Garratt, who spent time detained in China, hope the state provides Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor the same holiday "kindness" they once received.
Germany's UN ambassador appealed for China to release Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor this Christmas at his final meeting of the UN Security Council.
The Conservative foreign affairs critic told Champagne during a House of Commons committee meeting Tuesday that the government needs to show Canadians how it will deal with growing Chinese intimidation of Canadians within Canada's borders.
Testifying before the House of Commons Canada-China relations committee, Champagne is urging MPs not to give in to the temptation to tough talk that won't help Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.
Sowmith Katragadda told an evidence-gathering hearing in Meng's B.C. Supreme Court extradition case he couldn't recall where the idea came from.
Supt. Sanjit Dhillon says he would not have authorized the immediate execution of the provisional arrest warrant by the RCMP in the case because there were outstanding national security and criminality concerns about Meng.
After Bob Rae said the United Nations should investigate if the Uighur's treatment amounts to genocide, China called his comments "ridiculous" and said Canada was being hypocritical.
The B.C. Supreme Court will hear witness testimony starting Monday as part of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's legal battle to stop her extradition to the United States.
The president of the International Crisis Group and the United Nations ambassadors for Germany and Britain brought up Kovrig's case at a U.N. Security Council meeting.
Cong Peiwu was asked whether his remarks amounted to a threat, to which he replied, "That is your interpretation."
'Canada continues to call for clemency for Robert Schellenberg, as we do for all Canadians facing the death penalty,' a statement reads.