A 3rd Canadian Has Been Detained In China As Diplomatic Rancor Rises

Dec 21, 2018, 02:18
A 3rd Canadian Has Been Detained In China As Diplomatic Rancor Rises

The Canadian foreign ministry declared that a third Canadian citizen has been arrested in China, according to Canada's National Post newspaper.

A government source said "there is no reason to believe that this case is linked to [two] other recent cases of Canadians detained in China". "We are looking into the details on this most recent one that doesn't seem to fit the pattern of the previous two".

The Canadian Government has not identified the third Canadian, though Canadian media has said the person is Ms McIver, an English teacher who is being held because of "visa complications".

"Canadians understand that even though political posturing might be satisfactory in the short term to make yourself feel like you're stomping on a table and doing something significant, it may not directly contribute to the outcome we all want", he said.

Canadian teacher Sarah McIver
Canadian teacher Sarah McIver

However, authorities have not officially drawn a link between these incidents and Meng's own arrest, and Canadian officials did not say the third detention was connected. "It's possible but I find it unlikely", he said.

"Global Affairs Canada is aware of a Canadian citizen detained in China".

Kovrig served as a diplomat in China until 2016 and has been working for the International Crisis Group, a non-governmental agency focused on ending conflicts.

China has said that both men are being investigated on suspicion of "harming state security", bringing that they may spend years in Chinese custody and be charged with espionage.

Third Canadian detained in China, Canadian media says, citing Foreign Ministry
China has accused the other Canadian detainees of activities "that endanger China's national security". Cabinet ministers - Trudeau included - have said national security will be the determining factor.

This latest detention comes after Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 at the request of the US, where she is wanted on fraud allegations. It has demanded her release and warned of serious consequences for Canada. Meng was arrested at the request of the United States, which has been engaged in a trade war with China.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has said he is "very concerned" about a third Canadian detained in China.

A source with direct knowledge of the situation said senior officials at the Canadian Foreign Ministry had held many meetings about the detainees but that a formal task force had yet to be created. Both Kovrig and Spavor are accused of endangering the state security by Beijing.

Mulroney said it would be a problem for Canada and China.

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The heated relations come amid U.S. President Donald Trump's massive trade war with China, in which he has threatened to place tariffs on hundreds of billions worth of goods imported from the world's second-largest economy.

Meng has been accused of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran between 2009 and 2014 through the use of Huawei's subsidiary, Skycom, a telecom equipment company which was conducting business with Iran.

China also arrested businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig.

Last week, a Canadian court released Meng on a multi-million dollar bail, allowing her to stay at a Canadian home with an ankle bracelet and round-the clock-surveillance.

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