Canada envoy gains consular access to detained Michae Spavor in China

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Canadian diplomat on Sunday, gained consular access to detained Canadian businessman and former diplomat Michael Spavor in China, in an official statement, Canada’s foreign ministry stated.

According to news reports, Canadian foreign ministry said that Canada’s ambassador to Beijing John McCallum gained the consular access and met Michael Spavor.

On Friday, over the course of incident where China detained two alleged Canadian people, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were “unacceptable”

In an interview, which was aired on Sunday, McCallum said, “We have engaged with the Chinese officials to determine what exactly conditions are they being detained under? Why are they being detained?” on Friday, McCallum met Kovrig for the very first time.

On Friday, the United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo has also condemned the act of China and said China should free those two Canadian men as soon as possible. China alleged that both Canadian men were charged with suspicious of engagement of them in an activity that has endangered China’s national security.

China’s foreign minister spokesperson Hua Chunying confirmed that China has approved consular access to both the Canadian men and said Canada and China had a “smooth” consular session over the cases of both.

According to news reports, Chunying said. “At the same time, the lawful rights of these two Canadians have been guaranteed.”

The detention of two Canadian men in the recent week comes after Canada had arrested Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou and extradited to US, who was charged for violating US sanctions.


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