Canada 'deeply troubled' at lack of transparency in China trials, says world is watching: minister

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Police officers stand guard outside Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court where Michael Kovrig, a Canadian detained by China in December 2018 on suspicion of espionage, is expected to stand trial, in Beijing

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is 'deeply troubled' at the lack of transparency surrounding the trial of Michael Kovrig, held in Beijing on Monday, and Michael Spavor, both of whom have been held in China for more than two years on espionage charges, the foreign minister said in a statement.

"We are deeply troubled by the total lack of transparency surrounding these hearings and we continue to work towards an immediate end to their arbitrary detention," Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said.

"The eyes of the world are on these cases and proceedings and I want to thank our international partners for their continued support and solidarity," he added.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)