Chinese Ambassador Cong on the question of humanitarian release of the ‘Two Michaels’, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, and Cooperation
In an exclusive interview with Ottawa Life Magazine last week, Ambassador Cong Peiwu was asked if he could update Canadians on the treatment and condition of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. China arrested Kovrig, a former diplomat, and fellow Canadian Michael Spavor (the two Michaels) in December 2018, soon after Canadian police detained Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech company Huawei, on a U.S. warrant. The Chinese government maintains their detentions are not linked to the arrest of Meng, who remains under house arrest in Vancouver as she fights extradition to the United States. Both Michaels have been held in China for more than two years on espionage charges, and their trials concluded in March with both verdicts to be announced at a future unspecified date.