China Says Two Canadians Suspected Of Threatening National Security

China Says Two Canadians Suspected Of Threatening National Security

China Says Two Canadians Suspected Of Threatening National Security

The resulting crisis is to blame on "a trade war between China and the United States", Fred Bild, a former Canadian diplomat and Asian studies professor at the University of Montreal, told AFP.

Earlier this year, Trump drew fire for intervening on behalf of Huawei's smaller Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., after the company was barred from buying United States technology over exports to Iran and North Korea.

Coercive measures have been taken against two Canadians on suspicion of jeopardizing China's national security, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Thursday.

Canadian officials said they were informed of Kovrig's detention early on Wednesday via fax.

The Canadian Embassy has been notified of the detentions, he added, declining to provide further details of the investigations. Both men are being held in Beijing, accused of national security crimes against China.

Their detentions ratchet up pressure on Canada, which arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei, on December 1 at the request of the United States, which wants her extradited to face charges that she and her company violated US sanctions on Iran.

US officials accuse Meng of lying to banks about Huawei's control of a company based in Hong Kong that reportedly sold products to Iran.

MobileSyrup asked CSE if any USA officials have cautioned the committee, but it did not directly respond to the question and added that the federal government plans to undertake a review of 5G technology.

Michael Spavor, a Canadian whose work brought him into North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's orbit, is missing in China, Global Affairs Canada confirmed Wednesday.

Brewing tensions between Canada and China following the arrest of a Huawei Technologies Co. executive have some exporters anxious they could be caught in the crosshairs if the Asian nation decides to retaliate.

A second Canadian has been detained in China on accusations of harming national security, as tension continues between the two countries.

"What makes this worse is that China is lashing out at Canada not for Canada's initiative, but for Canada's honoring of a USA warrant".

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Meng had misled U.S. banks into believing that Huawei and Skycom were separate when, in fact, the latter was a subsidiary. Meng's lawyer, David Martin, said her prominence made it unlikely she would breach any court orders.

"Canada is deeply concerned about the detention of Mr Kovrig and Canada has raised the case directly with Chinese officials", Freeland said.

Phone calls, messages and emails to Spavor went unanswered.

Spavor said in one of his most recent Facebook posts he was planning a trip to Seoul, but did not arrive by Monday as planned, BBC News reported.

Kovrig and Spavor were acquainted, according to people who know them, although there has been no official indication from China that their cases are linked or are related to North Korea.

"Absolutely clear on just standing up for our citizens who have been detained, trying to figure out why, trying to work with China, trying to demonstrate that this is not acceptable", Trudeau said.

Spavor is director of Paektu Cultural Exchange.

The group says on its website it is "dedicated to facilitating sustainable cooperation, cross-cultural exchanges, activities, trade, and investment" with North Korea.

He is a regular visitor to North Korea and regularly comments in the media on Korean issues. He has met leader Kim Jong Un and was instrumental in bringing former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman to the North's capital, Pyongyang, in 2013.

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

The T-Mobile-Sprint merger could see US regulator approval as early as next week.

Although valued at a hefty Can$5.6 million, the house - on a large corner lot with a view of the Pacific coast city´s majestic north shore mountains - does not stand out as particularly ostentatious.

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