The letter praises former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor as bridge-builders between China and the world, and said their detentions will make its authors "more cautious" about travelling to China.
The letter by a wide array of China experts from around the world is addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping. Relations between the two nations soured after a top Huawei executive was arrested in Vancouver last month on a United States extradition warrant.
"To my understanding, he did not mean that China intends to interfere in the decision-making of the Canadian government", spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a Monday briefing in Beijing, according to a transcript on the foreign ministry's website. The arrest of Ms Meng - over allegations of fraud linked to business dealing with Iran, in violation of USA sanctions - infuriated Mr Xi's regime.
Huawei said it has no comment on the ongoing legal proceedings, while the U.S. Justice Department officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
Once a person is arrested in Canada, the country that has requested the extradition has a certain number of days before they can make a formal request. "Kovrig and Spavor's detentions send a message that this kind of constructive work is unwelcome and even risky in China".
The letter signed by academics and former diplomats said the arrests of the two will lead to "less dialogue and greater distrust, and undermine efforts to manage disagreements and identify common ground".
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"Both China and the rest of the world will be worse off as a result".
A group of 143 China watchers, many of them former diplomats to the country, are the latest to add their voices to the mounting chorus of criticism.
China insists there is no connection between its arrest of Kovrig and Spavor and its sudden re-sentencing of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg and Meng's arrest in Canada. "It's an impressive list".
The list includes six former Canadian ambassadors to China: Fred Bild, Joseph Caron, Earl Drake, David Mulroney, Guy Saint-Jacques and Robert Wright as well as former U.S. ambassadors Gary Locke and Winston Lord and Hong Kong's last British governor Chris Patten. Two former USA ambassadors to China, Gary Locke and Winston Lord, also signed.
John McCallum, Canada's ambassador to China, said last Friday that his top priority was the release of the two detainees and scrapping the death penalty for the condemned man. Clearly, the relationship between China and Canada has plunged to a historic low. "A lot of serious people, including many who have spent years working in China, are anxious about how it is closing itself off, and punishing those who seek to understand and interpret it for others".