Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig received a consular visit Thursday for the second time since his arrest in China last month for allegedly endangering Chinese national security, the government says.
A spokesman for Canada's foreign ministry says consular officials are pushing for more access to Kovrig, on leave from his job as a diplomat at Global Affairs Canada, and fellow Canadian Michael Spavor, who was also arrested in China last month on similar allegations.
Canadian diplomats met with Spavor, an entrepreneur, earlier this week for a second time since his arrest.
Their arrests appear to be in retaliation for Canada's arrest of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States. Meng's arrest and her potential extradition to the U.S. has enraged China, which has demanded her release and has warned of serious consequences for Canada.