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MPs and Senators headed to China despite growing tensions

The news of worsening tensions between Canada and China is not enough to stop a group of parliamentarians from heading to Shanghai on Saturday. Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper said, “At the end of the day, if there was risk we wouldn’t be going.” Conservative MP Cooper is one of the six legislators going on a bipartisan multi-city mission to promote business ties and improve relations between countries. Canada has already postponed one high-level trip to China. Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly pause plans for December visit because of the diplomatic dispute.
Minister of Tourism Mélanie Joly
It all began when China arrested former diplomat Michael Kovrig, an entrepreneur Michael Spavor and accused the Canadian men of endangering Chinese national security. Their detention is widely seen as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou. In china’s strongest statement yet, the country’s top prosecutor insisted there is no doubt the two Canadian violated Chinese laws and regulations. Canada rejects the claims and is demanding Kovrig and Spavor to be released. The upcoming parliamentary visit will be a fresh opportunity for Canadians to make that case in person.
U.S. Democratic Senator Mark Warner
U.S. Democratic Senator Mark Warner, a prominent China critic says the Trump administration needs to set up on behalf of Ottawa. (Harleen Sandhu)

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