China Confirms Detention of Second Canadian

Saturday, 15 Dec, 2018

Canadians are being cautioned by federal officials about travelling to China and to continue to 'exercise a high degree of caution, ' if visiting the country.

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

Trudeau addressed the Chinese capture of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in a television interview Friday morning.

Now that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has been released on bail in Vancouver - a common sense decision that reflects her health concerns and bona fides - attention will turn to next steps in the case involving United States allegations against her.

The United States alleges that Meng was personally complicit in giving untrue assurances to USA financial institutions that Huawei was not involved in evading U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Huawei´s chief financial officer was arrested on December 1 on a United States warrant for alleged sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran.

After her arrest, China called for Meng's immediate release.

"We can confirm that a Canadian citizen, Michael Spavor, has been detained in China", the ministry said in a statement.

"Our extradition partners should not seek to politicize the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice and following the rule of law", she said at a press conference. "We don't do trade".

China's foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday that ICG was not registered in China and its employees would be "in violation" of the law if they engage in activities in the country.

China has strongly protested against Ms. Meng's arrest to US and Canadian officials and accused both countries of a premeditated attempt to undermine the global aspirations of telecommunications giant Huawei, whose founder is Ms. Meng's father.

"We are very personally concerned about Mr. Kovrig". But those targets are now in doubt amid a public backlash in China. Neither Canada nor China has formally linked the cases.

"We're going to get every citizen unlawfully detained all around the world returned to the country to which they have the right to go back to", Pompeo added.

One Western diplomat in China told Reuters news agency: "This is a political kidnapping".

Canadian officials have not been able to contact Spavor "since he let us know he was being questioned by Chinese authorities", Canadian Global Affairs spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said Wednesday.

One of his most recent Facebook posts, on Sunday, said he was about to travel to Seoul in South Korea but he did not arrive on Monday as planned.

He is believed to be one of the few Westerners to have met DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, and was instrumental in organizing a 2015 trip to North Korea by former National Basketball Association hall-of-famer Dennis Rodman - as well as other sports exchanges.

He earned recognition after helping facilitate visits by former Chicago Bulls star Rodman in 2013 and 2014.

Other photographs taken at the time showed Spavor laughing and shaking hands with Kim Jong Un, and in February, he was given a front-row seat to a military parade that reportedly was off-limits to foreign media.

Ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig now works for a think-tank, the International Crisis Group (ICG), which has said it is concerned for his health and safety.

He was arrested on 10 December.

"Canada was granted consular access to Michael Kovrig".

The shift is significant because, so far, German officials have said they see no legal basis to exclude any vendors from the buildout of fifth-generation networks in response to warnings from Washington that Huawei's networks were not safe.

But Meng Wanzhou, heiress to her billionaire father´s global tech conglomerate, is managing to surround herself with a few home comforts.