Canada Goose faces boycott in China over the arrest of Huawei CFO

Canada Goose faces boycott in China over the arrest of Huawei CFO

Canada Goose faces boycott in China over the arrest of Huawei CFO

China confirmed Thursday two Canadians are under investigation on suspicion of endangering the country's national security, fuelling tensions after Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecom executive on a United States request.

"Canada and China mutually agreed to postpone the Canada-China Year of Tourism Closing Ceremony and Minister Joly's planned travel to China", her office said in a statement.

The prime minister's comments on the Chinese arrests come as officials in Beijing vent frustration over Canada's role in the Huawei executive's case. "The Canadian government is seized of this case and will continue to speak with the Chinese government".

Lu said that businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig had been detained on Monday.

Michael Spavor, a consultant in Chinese and North Korean trade, has been missing since he last made contact with Canadian officials.

On Thursday, Northeast News, a website run by the propaganda department in the northeastern Chinese province of Liaoning, said Spavor was being questioned by the state security bureau in Dandong, close to the border with North Korea.

Spavor is a China-based business consultant who facilitates trips to North Korea, has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and has arranged some of retired National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman's trips to the country. Photos on Spavor's social media accounts show him with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un on multiple occasions.

Following Meng's December 1 arrest, which the U.S. ordered over allegations the executive committed financial fraud with the aim of skirting United States sanctions on sales to Iran, Chinese authorities seized the two Canadians this week for allegedly "endangering national security".

Canada's ambassador met in Beijing Friday with a detained former diplomat for the first time since he was arrested in China amid sharpening East-West tensions over trade and other issues.

Freeland said it would be "up to Ms Meng's lawyers whether they choose to raise comments in the USA as part of their defence of Ms Meng".

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State media such as the People's Daily also ran editorials in recent days that said Canada risks "paying a heavy price" if Ms Meng is not released soon.

In the midst of whether or not Canada would ban the smartphone company, Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver at the behest of the United States on charges related to Fraud.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan are holding talks with their US counterparts in Washington Friday that will focus on Beijing's detention of the two Canadians caught up in an global dispute over Ms. Meng's arrest.

Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum, has also been in touch with the Chinese government "on more than one occasion" about the issue.

Spavor is the founder of a Paektu Cultural Exchange, focused on opening up global ties with North Korea. Garratt's detention was seen as a tit-for-tat response to Canada's arrest of Chinese spy who was eventually extradited to the U.S.

However, the approval might hinge on an unexpected requirement: that Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile's parent company) and SoftBank Group Corp (Sprint's parent company) refuse to use Huawei equipment in their respective worldwide networks.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland listens to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 12, 2018.

"I was surprised at the amount of vitriol I´d gotten from supporters of Meng, saying she should be released", Justin Fung, whose parents immigrated from Hong Kong in the 1970s, said on Twitter.

The suggestion that Meng could be a political pawn in negotiations makes the situation more awkward for Canada.

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