Detained Canadians in China get Uncommon consular access

The Global Affairs division said Dominic Barton, Canada’s Ambassador to China, was awarded virtual reality access to Michael Spavor on Friday and virtual reality accessibility to Michael Kovrig on Saturday.

“The Canadian government remains deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese governments of the two Canadians because December 2018 and proceeds to call for their immediate release,” the government said in a statement.

Canada continues to press Beijing to launch Kovrig and Spavor, both arrested since December 2018 after Canada arrests Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese Huawei official and also the daughter of the Organization’s founder. Canadian authorities arrested Meng in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition petition nine months before Kovrig and Spavor were detained.

The U.S. is looking for Meng’s extradition on fraud charges as well as also her extradition case is before the Canadian courts. Her arrest badly damaged relations between China and Canada.

Neither Kovrig, a former diplomat, nor Spavor, an entrepreneur, were allowed visits by consular officials amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked to U.S. President Donald Trump concerning both Canadians in a telephone call on Saturday and thanked the president for its continuing support of the U.S. in seeking their launch.