TORONTO (PM) — Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland praised two nationals that are detained in China for their “grit” as high tensions between the two countries continue for yet another day, seven months after a Huawei executive was arrested in Vancouver.
Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained by Beijing earlier this year in a move seen as retaliatory action against the detention of a Huawei’s chief financial agent Meng Wanzhou on Dec. 1 of last year.
Though consulor officials meet with the pair on a monthly basis, and as recently as this week, many observers say that they are far from being released as the Chinese government views the Meng arrest as a move by Ottawa as opposed to the judicial system.
“They are two brave Canadians who are facing a difficult situation through no fault of their own and they are conducting themselves with incredible grace and tenacity,” Freeland told Canadian and international media from Calgary, Manitoba, adding that they are “showing real Canadian grit”.
(Reporting by Eli Ridder in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Childers)