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Canada says China has granted consular access to the second inmate

The canadian businessman Michael Spavor, in addition to the former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (not shown) after a trip to North Korea, at the Beijing capital International Airport, Beijing, China January 13, 2014. Photo January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

OTTAWA (Reuters) – the Canadian diplomats received consular access on Sunday is the second of two men held by China over the past week, the canadian ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement that gave few details.

John McCallum, the canadian ambassador to Beijing, with Michael Spavor, ” the statement said. Spavor, and Michael Kovrig were both arrested after Canada arrested a senior Chinese executive at an AMERICAN request for extradition.

The canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau, who said on Friday the arrests were unacceptable, told CTV his government was taking the situation very seriously.

“We are working with the Chinese government to determine what exactly the conditions they were being held under? Why are they locked up?”, he said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. McCallum met Kovrig for the first time on Friday.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that China should be the two men.

Spavor, a businessman, and Kovrig, a former diplomat, were arrested after Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. ‘ s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on 1 Dec.

U.S. prosecutors accuse Mix misleading multinational banks over Iran-linked transactions, allowing the banks against the risk of violating the U.S. sanctions. Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei founder, she says that she is innocent.

Trudeau told CTV that Canada would continue to try to build trade ties with China.

“We have to do that in a way that is true to our values and stands up for Canadians’ interests, and getting the right balance is complex. (It) was complicated by the recent trends,” he said.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Peter Cooney

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