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Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are back in Canada after 1020 days detention in China

The two Michaels are free, but is this only the beginning of Canada’s China problem?

With Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig safely back in Canada, released from detention by the Government of China only hours after the Meng Wanzhou ruling in a New York court, Scott Thompson is not alone among Canadians who have many questions about relations with the Chinese government. 

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Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig touched down on Canadian soil on Saturday after being arbitrarily detained in China for 1020 days. As Canada celebrates the return of “the two Michaels”, it’s worth asking what this hostage diplomacy saga tells us about Canada-China relations and global affairs more broadly.

The two men landed in Calgary Saturday aboard a Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau were at the airport to welcome them.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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