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Canadian detained in China gets consular visit

AFP  |  Ottawa 

Canadian consular officials visited a Canadian being held in on Tuesday, nearly a month after he and a compatriot were arrested for alleged spying.

No details of Michael Spavor's condition were provided, however, due to Canadian privacy laws.

detained Spavor on December 12, two days after former Michael Kovrig, accusing them both of activities that "endanger China's security" -- a phrase often used by when alleging espionage.

Though no link has been officially made, the arrests are thought to be in retaliation for Canada's December 1 arrest on a US request of Meng Wanzhou, a top Chinese accused of violating sanctions.

renewed its call -- backed by Australia, Britain, France, Germany, the and the -- for the Canadian pair's immediate release.

The Spavor visit -- his second by consular officials -- came after Canadian raised the cases with US Donald Trump, whose administration began trade talks with this week.

On Monday, Trudeau and Trump in a telephone call denounced the "arbitrary" detentions.

Canadian parliamentarians cited by the also warned Chinese officials during a visit to that the arrests have created a "major chill" in East-West relations.

The said it would press for further time with Kovrig and Spavor, who were granted consular access by in mid-December, according to Canadian officials.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 00:35 IST