Justin Trudeau names a new Canadian ambassador to China

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Justin Trudeau appoints a new Canadian ambassador to China

Justin Trudeau's government filled the vacant position of Canadian ambassador to China on Friday since the end of last year, by appointing a longtime diplomat, Jennifer May.

Jennifer May has worked in diplomatic missions in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Vienna.

A dedicated civil servant, Ms. May has many years of experience in international missions. This experience, along with his extensive knowledge of Asia, will enable him to manage this important bilateral relationship and advance Canada's interests in China, the Prime Minister said in a press release announcement.

The new ambassador to China, who began her career in the Canadian public service in 1990, has worked in the missions in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Vienna, among others.

Justin Trudeau's office noted that Ms. May's mandate will include upholding democratic values, human rights and the rule of law.

The x27; Canada's former ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, resigned last December after a tenure dominated by efforts to free Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were first arrested and detained in December 2018 by the Chinese authorities.

Their detention There was every appearance of retaliation for the Vancouver arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, whom the Americans wanted to try for fraud.

Both Michaels were released in September 2021.

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