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Ottawa, Jan 22 (IBNS): An open letter had been written, by more than 100 diplomats and scholars, to Chinese President Xi Jinping, with an appeal to release two Canadians - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - who were imprisoned in China, media reports said.
Both Kovrig, a former diplomat to China, and Spavor, an entrepreneur, were detained in China on suspicion of posing threats to the security of China, days after the arrest of Chinese telecom company Huawei's executive Meng Wanzhou on Dec 1.
Though Wanzhou was granted a bail, she can still be extradited to the US.
Wanzhou was arrested on the request of US authorities, for misleading multinational banks, claimed US, over Iran-linked transactions and that CEO had kept the banks in risk of violating US sanctions.
The letter stated, " Many of us know Michael Kovrig through his work as a diplomat in Beijing and as the senior expert for Northeast Asia at the International Crisis Group, an organization whose mission is to “build a more peaceful world.”"
The letter continued to state, "These meetings and exchanges are the foundation of serious research and diplomacy around the world...However, Kovrig and Spavor’s detentions send a message that this kind of constructive work is unwelcome and even risky in China.
"We who share Kovrig and Spavor’s enthusiasm for building genuine, productive, and lasting relationships must now be more cautious...That will lead to less dialogue and greater distrust, and undermine efforts to manage disagreements and identify common ground."