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Canada says third citizen detained in China amid diplomatic row

Huawei’s Meng premiered on bail the other day pending a US extradition hearing on US fraud charges [File: Reuters]

A third Canadian has been detained in China amid a diplomatic spat between Ottawa and Beijing on the arrest of a Chinese telecom executive.

“Global Affairs Canada knows a Canadian citizen detained in China,on Wednesday ” ministry spokeswoman Maegan Graveline said in a statement without providing further details.


The incident will not seem to be from the arrest of two other citizens during the last week, a Canadian official, who spoke on the health of anonymity, told Reuters news agency.

Earlier Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a normal press briefing she had “not heard” concerning the detention first reported by Canada’s National Post newspaper.

The recent detentions of Michael Kovrig, a Canadian former diplomat and Michael Spavor, a Canadian entrepreneur, have raised suspicion that Beijing is holding them in retaliation for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou’s December 1 arrest.

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Former Canadian diplomats have said they believed the detentions were a “tit-for-tat” reprisal by China, however, no link has been made between your cases officially.

US fraud charges

Meng premiered on bail the other day in Vancouver pending a US extradition hearing on fraud charges in america linked to alleged sanctions-breaking business dealings with Iran. 

China has accused another Canadian detainees of activities “that endanger China’s national security”.  In December these were both detained earlier.


Kovrig took an unpaid leave from his diplomatic post this past year to are a Hong Kong-based senior adviser at the International Crisis Group think-tank, while Spavor facilitates trips to North Korea and helped former NBA star Dennis Rodman happen to be the neighbouring country.

Beijing has threatened Canada with “grave consequences” if Meng wasn’t freed and Chinese state-run media has lashed out at the arrest saying it had been politically motivated.

Ottawa has said the arrest had not been political repeatedly, but instead a judicial process commensurate with an extradition treaty with Washington.

SOURCE : Al news and Jazeera