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Canada13 Canadians detained in China since December, when Huawei executive was arrested in Canada

04:05  04 january  2019
04:05  04 january  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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+ The federal government says 13 Canadians — 10 more than publicly known — have been detained in China since the arrest of a Huawei executive last month in Vancouver. READ MORE: Federal politicians travelling to China will push for release of detainees , MP says.

Canada has said 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in December in Vancouver at the request of the US. “At least” eight of those 13 have since been released, a Canadian government statement said, without disclosing what

13 Canadians detained in China since December, when Huawei executive was arrested in Canada Michael Kovrig (left) and Michael Spavor, the two Canadians detained in China, are shown in these 2018 images taken from video. People around the world are "extremely disturbed" by China's detention of two Canadians, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Mali this weekend as he called for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor to be released. Canada is communicating with China about how important it is to release the detainees, Trudeau said Saturday in reference to the two men taken into custody on security grounds earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP

Thirteen Canadians — 10 more than previously known — have been detained in China since the arrest of a Huawei executive last month in Vancouver.

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The 13 Canadians detained include Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver, a Canadian government official who declined Canadian consular officials saw them once each in mid- December . Overall, there are about 200 Canadians who have been detained in China for a variety of alleged

Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was Canadian consular officials saw them once each in mid- December . Overall, there are about 200 Canadians who have been detained in China

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READ MORE: Federal politicians travelling to China will push for release of detainees, MP says

Global Affairs Canada said on Thursday it's aware of 13 Canadians detained in China (excluding Hong Kong) since Dec. 1.

"Of those, we can confirm that at least eight have been released," spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said in a statement.

The 13 includes Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig and Sarah McIver, whose cases were covered by Canadian media outlets.

Spavor and Kovrig — a businessman and an ex-diplomat, respectively — were detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of endangering national security last month. McIver, a teacher, was detained on a visa matter and subsequently released.

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] Chief Financial Officer. The 13 Canadians detained include Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver, a Canadian government official who

The 13 Canadians detained include Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver, a Canadian government official who declined Canadian consular officials saw them once each in mid- December . Overall, there are about 200 Canadians who have been detained in China for a variety of alleged

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The detentions of Spavor and Kovrig have been tied to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies.

She was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 on behalf of American authorities. Meng is currently out on bail but faces possible extradition to the U.S. over allegations of fraud.

According to a government source,  the number of Canadians detained in China has remained relatively stable in recent years, however. There are about 200 Canadians detained in China who are facing a variety of allegations — significantly fewer than the 900 held in the U.S.

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China has been outspoken about Meng's arrest, which was described as “basically kidnapping” in state media. On Thursday, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang refused to elaborate on the charges against the Canadians.

“We have said here that these two Canadian citizens are under investigation in accordance with law for engaging in activities that undermine China’s national security,” said Lu. “It is not convenient to disclose more information now."

The Canadian government has said Spavor and Kovrig are being detained arbitrarily, and its plea for China to free them was backed by statements of support from the U.S. and other allies.

The U.S. State Department on Thursday renewed its warning for U.S. citizens travelling in China to exercise increased caution due to “arbitrary enforcement of local laws” amid heightened diplomatic tensions over the arrest Meng's arrest.

Canada has not issued a new travel advisory.

With files from the Canadian Press and Reuters

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