Champagne said securing the release of Spavor and Kovrig was his “absolute priority.”
Trump’s pushback suggested that negotiations haven’t progressed as far as hoped.
Negotiators agreed to a “phased cancellation” of tariff hikes if talks progress.
Business groups are frustrated at Beijing’s gradual pace and restrictions on services and other industries.
US complaints China steals or pressures companies to hand over technology have not been addressed.
Both are up against a formidable adversary that shows no inclination to yield.
Officials will “conduct conscientious consultations” in mid-September to prepare.
Regulators are threatening to place American companies on an “unreliable entities” list that might face curbs on their operations.
PMO said Canada received “broad” support from its European partners on the matter.
Trump and Xi are due to meet at a summit of the Group of 20, but it’s unclear when negotiating teams will resume talks.
Trump prepares to expand 25% tariffs to cover another US$300 billion of Chinese products.
Goal is to make enough progress to persuade Trump to extend his deadline.
Trump and Xi last met in December in Argentina.
No progress on US insistence on “structural changes” in areas such as Chinese technology policy, market access, IP protection.
Only postponing US tariff hikes on Chinese goods for 90 days while the two sides negotiate.