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Tourism Minister Melanie Joly postpones trip to China

Last Updated Dec 14, 2018 at 9:39 am EST

Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly speaks to reporters after leaving a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 6, 2018. The federal government doesn't believe it can do much on its own to stem the growing tide of fake news in Canada, according to a briefing package prepared for Canadian heritage minister Melanie Joly in November. The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press through an Access to Information request, highlight that even though the government recognizes that fake news could threaten Canada's democratic institutions at a time when traditional news media is facing cutbacks and financial challenges, there's not much they can do to stop it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Tourism Minister Melanie Joly’s office says Canada and China have mutually agreed to postpone a closing ceremony next week to mark a year of tourism between the two countries.

Joly’s spokesperson Jeremy Ghio says both governments agreed the decision will allow the countries to better achieve “shared objectives” but it did not provide specifics.

The move comes amid tension between the two countries over the detention of two Canadians in China as well as the recent arrest of a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei in Canada.

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities, and was released this week on $10-million bail.

The Chinese embassy in Ottawa loudly protested Meng’s arrest as a violation of her human rights.

Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were detained this week in Beijing on suspicion of “engaging in activities that endanger the national security” of China.

Here is the statement from her office:

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