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Canada’s China envoy wants to leave post after a two-year stint

Dominic Barton helped secure the freedom of two Canadian detainees despite icy relations between Beijing and Ottawa
Dominic Barton’s departure, which will take effect on December 31, leaves a crucial diplomatic post.

Reuters   |   Ottawa   |   Published 07.12.21, 02:23 AM

Canada’s ambassador to China said on Monday he would soon leave his post after a two-year assignment where he helped secure the freedom of two Canadian detainees despite icy relations between Beijing and Ottawa.

 Dominic Barton’s departure, which will take effect on December 31, leaves a crucial diplomatic post open at a time when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is rethinking its China policy.

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Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor spent almost three years in detention before being freed in September. The two were jailed shortly after Canadian police picked up a top Huawei Technologies executive on a US warrant.  Trudeau said Canada was “better positioned to manage this relationship and achieve our objectives”.



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