WASHINGTON – The Chinese government has arrested a third Canadian citizen and escalates a diplomatic crisis urging the United States to put pressure on one of China's leading technology companies.
Canadian Consular Officials Provide Support The family of the youngest detainee, a foreign affairs spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, said Wednesday. The spokesman declined to identify the detainee or give any further details.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a regular press conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the ministry had no information about the case.
But it appears that the arrests are in retaliation for Meng's arrest by Canada Wanzhou, Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, the giant Chinese technology company, on December 1, when Ms. Meng was traveling in Vancouver between Hong Kong and Mexico ,
Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei's founder, was arrested at the behest of the United States. A Canadian official told her at bail hearing that Ms. Meng was accused by the Americans of involving banks in transactions involving Huawei-controlled companies that violated United States sanctions on Iran.
Ms. Meng is now free on bail. It is expected that a court will decide if Canada will hand them over to the United States.
The Chinese government has stated that Ms. Meng was illegally imprisoned and should be released immediately, accusing the United States of persecuting Ms. Meng for political persecution
The Canadian government has no public connection between the detentions of Canadians and others the arrest was made by Ms. Meng.
On December 13, Chinese Ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, expressly linked the lawsuits, however, as he wrote in a letter to the Globe and Mail: "Those who accuse China of retaliation for the arrest of Ms. Meng Having been arrested, you should first think about the actions of the Canadian side. It is both inglorious and hypocritical to reproach China with double standards. "
Mr. Kovrig is a researcher in China for the International Crisis Group, an organization for conflict and foreign policy. He lived in Hong Kong and had a visa to enter mainland China.
He was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, where he worked as a diplomat abroad, including in China.
Mr. Kovrig was visiting Beijing when he was arrested by the Ministry of Domestic Security, China's main spy agency, which also arrested the counter-intelligence agency.
Rob Malley, president and chief executive of the group, said Mr. Kovrig had talked openly with Chinese officials about his work, which could be read online. 19659002] "Michael led two consecutive working lives in China – first as a diplomat for Canada and then as a researcher for the Crisis Group," he said in an interview on Monday.
"His imprisonment is one of two things." Said Malley. "Either he is charged retroactively for participating in activities involving all diplomats, or for the open, transparent work that many others routinely carry out. In both cases, the message is sent to business people, diplomats, academics and other people who want to deal with China is a deterrent.
The second detainee, Mr. Spavor, is a entrepreneur and writer who lives near North Korea in northeastern Liaoning Province.
Mr. Spavor ran a travel business that took people to North Korea and helped arrange a trip by Dennis Rodman, the former basketball player, to Pyongyang, where Mr. Rodman met with Kim Jong-un, the young North Korean leader.
] Mr. Spavor also met with Mr. Kim and posted a photo of both online.
American officials have been dealing with Huawei for years, and recently US national security forces have forced other countries not to use Huawei's next-generation wireless technology, stating that this poses a potential security threat.
Government officials say that the sanction procedure against Huawei brought in by the Ministry of Justice is separate from other security concerns.
President Trump aggravated the case of the Justice Department against Ms. Meng and Huawei on December 11 when he plainly politicized her by saying that he could intervene if he thought China would become one months of trade warfare with the United States.
"If I think it's good For the country, when I think it's good for the biggest trade ever made – which is a very important thing – which is good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it necessary, "Trump told Reuters in an interview at the Oval Office.
This statement brought Ms. Meng's lawyer against her extradition.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has repeatedly pointed this out that Canada has arrested Mr Meng for his extradition agreement with the United States and that a Canadian court will decide if it will be handed over for legal reasons only.
"This is very important for Canada as well." Extradition agreements are not used for political purposes. " Ms. Freeland said at a press conference in Washington last Friday, "Canada has not had any politi This is a question of meddling in this issue. "
Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister, said at the same press conference that the United States had addressed the Canadian's cases of detainees with China and demanded their release.
Chinese security services have long been entangled in arbitrary detentions of foreign nationals (19459027), and in January the United States issued a travel warning. Donald Clarke, a professor at George Washington University, who is studying Chinese law, wrote this week that China has taken Canadians hostage in the hope that Canada will trade Ms. Meng for them.
"You can not just arrest innocent people and take them hostage," said Mr Clarke, writing in a Washington Post Op-ed. "This is the mark of a recalcitrant state and not a permanent member of the Security Council. If two Canadians can be arrested, how about 20 or 200? "