3rd Canadian Citizen Detained in China

3rd Canadian Citizen Detained in China

3rd Canadian Citizen Detained in China

Earlier, foreign ministry spokesperson Maegan Graveline said the government was "aware" of another Canadian citizen being detained in China, without providing further details.

Opposition leader Andrew Scheer said Trudeau needs to call China's president. "We are looking into the details on this most recent one that doesn't seem to fit the pattern of the previous two".

Several news outlets reported on Wednesday it is Sarah McIver, an Albertan who has been teaching in China for months.

"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, which is for these Canadians to come home safely".

The news initially caused concern among some China-watchers, who suspected that the case could be connected to two previous arrests of Canadians in China this month.

Nine days later, the Chinese secretly detained two Canadians on vague suspicions of "engaging in activities that endanger the national security" of China.

"Consular officials are providing assistance to the family", the spokesperson added in a statement to NPR.

The detentions of two Canadian men last week appeared to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a Chinese telecommunications executive wanted in the United States. "If I ever spoke to him and he said no, what is my next move?"

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.

"They turn this 5G security concern, which is industry- and technology-related in nature, into groundless speculations targeting specific companies".

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Lynette Ong, with the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto, says Canada's relationship with China fundamentally changed with the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei in Vancouver on December 1.

The Americans want her extradited to face fraud charges.

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

For its part, China has now granted Canada access to both Spavor and Kovrig. Law-enforcement officials allege that she lied to USA banks about a corporate structure devised to get around sanctions against Iran.

While Beijing has not directly linked the detentions to Meng's case, the Chinese government has made clear that they consider her arrest to be a purely political decision and threatened "consequences" should Canada not release her.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that although a third Canadian has been detained in China, he doesn't want to escalate the global situation.

The Australian paper said the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, comprising of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and the US, met in Nova Scotia in July to discuss what to do about Huawei.

But David Mulroney, a former ambassador to China, said it would be highly unusual if this is a coincidence.

The latter comment was a reference to Meng's extremely comfortable conditions after she was released on bail by a Canadian court.

Last night, the National Post broke the news that a third Canadian had been detained by Chinese authorities.

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