Canadian Newspaper: Third Canadian Detained
December 19, 2018
Canada's National Post newspaper says a
third Canadian has been detained in China.
The Post said it learned about the detention
from a source in Canada's Foreign Ministry.
A spokesperson for the ministry told the
newspaper it was aware of a Canadian citizen
being detained, but did not provide further
A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign
Ministry told reporters in Beijing she was
unaware of the report.
Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and business
consultant Michael Spavor were detained
earlier this month after Canada arrested
Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer
for Chinese telecom giant Huawei
Technologies, on December 1.
U.S. officials say Meng lied to banks about
Huawei's control of Hong Kong-based Skycom —
a company that allegedly sold U.S. goods to
Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions against
Canadian judge freed her on bail last week
while she awaits a hearing on extradition to
the United States. Beijing has angrily
demanded that Canada free Meng from all the
charges or face "grave consequences." Meng
is the daughter of Huawei's founder, one of
the world's biggest manufacturers of mobile
The Chinese Foreign Ministry says Kovrig and
Spavor are being investigated on suspicion
of endangering China's national security.
Ottawa says there is no direct link between
Meng's arrest and the detentions of the two
Canadians, but Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada's
former ambassador to Beijing, disputes that
notion, telling reporters last week that "in
China there is no coincidence."
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