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'The Chill is Real,' Canada's Ambassador Says of China

'The Chill is Real,' Canada's Ambassador Says of China

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Canada's ambassador to China says there is a chill in relations between the two countries since Beijing imprisoned two Canadians, but his top priority is winning their release and resetting the relationship.

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Dominic Barton offered that assessment in testimony Wednesday before a special House of Commons committee studying the strained relationship between the two countries. Things were already tense when he was named to the post last fall.

Barton says his main concern is winning the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, both detained by China in December 2018 in what is widely seen as retaliation for Canada's arrest of Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company's founder.

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