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Canadian consular officials visit detained Canadian in China

TORONTO — Canadian consular officials have visited a detained Canadian in China who was arrested in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive last month.

Global Affairs provided no further details on how entrepreneur Michael Spavor is being treated. China detained Spavor and Canadian ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig on Dec. 1 on vague allegations of “engaging in activities that endanger the national security” of China.

The arrests came after a top Chinese executive was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The U.S. wants Meng Wanzhou extradited to face charges that she and her company misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran.

Canada has demanded China release the Canadians. The U.S. calls the detentions of the Canadians unlawful.