Detention Of 2 Canadians Raises Stakes In China-U.S.-Canada Dispute

Women walk past a Huawei retail shop in Beijing Thursday Dec. 6 2018

Women walk past a Huawei retail shop in Beijing Thursday Dec. 6 2018

"Huawei Canada will continue to work collaboratively with the Canadian government, carriers and other domestic stakeholders to take whatever steps are needed to ensure and protect the integrity of Canada's national telecommunications infrastructure, including the rollout of 5G technology".

The Beijing News newspaper reported Wednesday that Kovrig was under investigation on suspicion of "engaging in activities that endanger China's national security" - a phrase often used in espionage cases.

Still, as someone who knew him said: "He was playing a risky game - he was working with North Korea and doing it from China".

"But for now, Canadians are standing alone at the edge of an abyss, with a Chinese noose around our necks and American shivs sticking out of our backs", said an editorial in Canada's National Post.

Beijing yesterday confirmed that it has detained a second Canadian citizen this week as signs point to an escalating spat with Ottawa following the arrest of a top Chinese executive in Vancouver earlier this month.

The state security bureau in the northeastern Chinese city of Dandong, which borders North Korea, has been investigating Spavor since December 10, an official news site for the Liaoning Province government said.

Kim Jong Un shares cocktails with Michael Spavor of the Paektu Cultural Exchange on board the North Korean leader's private yacht in Wonsan, North Korea in 2013. He has ties to figures in the North's government, including leader Kim Jong Un and was instrumental in bringing National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman to the North's capital Pyongyang in 2013.

Huawei´s chief financial officer was arrested on December 1 on a U.S. warrant for alleged sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran, while changing planes in Vancouver.

The move to grant Meng bail and stay in her Vancouver home as she awaits a possible extradition will hopefully "lead to a little lower heat" between the two nations, said Ron Davidson, executive director of Ottawa-based industry group Soy Canada.

China has since become Canada's second-largest trading partner, after the United States.

"The legal rights of the two Canadians are being safeguarded", Lu told reporters at a daily briefing.

Experts quoted by the Chinese tabloid Global Times, a mouthpiece of China's communist government, also raised the prospects of a decline in the number of visits by Chinese tourists and businessmen to Canada.

David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said not only the US but other Western nations should be standing up for Canada. She is accused of violating US sanctions on Iran.

The foreign affairs minister said Wednesday that Canadian officials have been in regular contact with Chinese authorities about the situation.

"We are very personally concerned about Mr. Kovrig".

"That message has to be sent loudly and clearly by this government to the government of China".

And one-third of foreign students in Canada are Chinese.

That pressure is part of the national security review of T-Mobile's $26 billion deal to buy USA rival Sprint, the sources said.

In the days since his arrest, the Foreign Ministry has said Kovrig, now a senior adviser with the International Crisis Group, may have also broken China's NGO law if he was carrying out work for the group while in the country. Su pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

Earlier this week, U.S. President Donald Trump complicated Canada's position when he said he might intervene in the Huawei case if it would help clinch a trade agreement with China, upending U.S. efforts to separate the court proceeding from U.S.

Mr Lu said: "The relevant state security organs are taking actions according to the law, and the case is under investigation, so I can not make any prejudgment here".

Ms Meng says she is innocent.

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