MPs, Senators heading to China expected to address detention of two Canadians

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While it was not the initial reason for the trip, a group of six MPs and Senators heading to China say they will be bringing up the detention of two Canadians.

Diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor were arrested last month in China in a move that has been described as retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese telecom executive at Vancouver's airport.

Conservative MP Michael Cooper will be on the trip and he says they are planning to engage with Chinese officials in as constructive way as possible, with the obvious objective of seeing these two Canadians returned safely and as soon as possible.

However, earlier Thursday Chinese government spokesman said it was not ``convenient'' to discuss the allegations against Kovrig and Spavor despite an assertion by the country's top prosecutor that they broke the law.

Global Affairs Canada has given the okay for the group to travel despite the tensions.