China grants consular access to two Canadians detained for two years | World news

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China has granted consular access to two Canadians detained in the country for the first time since January as the diplomatic standoff continued between the two countries.The Canadian government said on Saturday that Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to China, was granted virtual consular access to Michael Spavor on Friday and virtual consular access to Michael Kovrig on Saturday.

“The Canadian government remains deeply concerned about the arbitrary detention by the Chinese authorities of these two Canadians since December 2018 and continues to call for their immediate release,” the government said in a statement.

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