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Canadian Envoy to China Dominic Barton Resigns: SCMP

Barton, who was credited with winning the release of the ‘two Michaels’ in September, said in an statement that his resignation will take effect from December 31


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Canadian ambassador to China Dominic Barton speaks to journalists and diplomats via video link from Dandong, where a local court ruled on the case of Michael Spavor, charged with espionage in June 2019, at the Canadian embassy in Beijing, China, in August 2021. Photo: Reuters

 

Canadian Ambassador to China Dominic Barton is resigning, just months after working to secure the release of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor from detention, the South China Morning Post reported.

Barton said in an exit statement that his resignation was effective from December 31. Kovrig and Spavor were detained for more than 1,000 days on charges of espionage before their release in September this year. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the pair’s release was thanks to Barton’s ‘leadership and skilled diplomatic approach’, the report added.

 

Read the full report: SCMP.

 

 

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Kevin Hamlin

Kevin Hamlin is a financial journalist with more than 40 years of experience covering Asia. Before joining Asia Financial, Kevin worked for Bloomberg News, spending 12 years as Senior China Economy Reporter in Beijing. Prior to that, he was Asia Bureau Chief of Institutional Investor for ten years.

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