The embassy says in a statement that they allowed this for humanitarian reasons.
The embassy says they have also provided better food to Kovrig and fellow Canadian detainee Michael Spavor to strengthen their immunity in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kovrig, a diplomat on leave who was working with the International Crisis Group, and Spavor, an entrepreneur, have been imprisoned in China since December 2018 in what is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou nine days earlier.
Today’s Chinese statement also maintains the hardline take by Beijing since the events of December 2018, which have plunged Sino-Canadian relations to a new low.
It says Kovrig and Spavor are “suspected” of endangering China’s national security and their cases are being handled lawfully while the Canadian government “can not explain which law of Canada Ms. Meng Wanzhou violated.”
The Canadian government maintains the two Michaels are being arbitrarily detained.
Meng was arrested by the RCMP on an extradition request from the U.S.
Officials in the U.S. have charged her and her company, Huawei, with dozens of counts of stealing corporate secrets and fraud.
Meng is out on bail and living in a luxury Vancouver home, as her extradition hearing remains before a British Columbia court.View link »