Tory critic dismisses Chinese language pandemic ‘excuse’ barring entry to 2 Michaels

OTTAWA – Conservative international affairs critic Michael Chong says Canada’s latest digital consular visits to Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor ought to have occurred a lot sooner.

The Ontario MP can be dismissing China’s place that it may well’t permit in-person visits by diplomats due to COVID-19.

Chong tells The Canadian Press that the actual fact the Chinese language economic system has largely reopened makes it clear that is an “excuse” to flout worldwide conventions that assure consular entry.

Kovrig and Spavor have been in jail in China since December 2018 in what’s extensively seen as retaliation for Canada arresting Chinese language high-tech govt Meng Wanzhou on an American extradition warrant.

Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to China, had internet-based visits with Spavor on Friday and Kovrig on Saturday.

It was the primary contact Canadian diplomats have had with the 2 males since in-person visits in mid-January.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Oct. 11, 2020.