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04:05  04 january  2019
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Canadian detained in China has returned home

Canadian detained in China has returned home Sarah McIver, a Canadian who was detained in China, has returned to Canada. Earlier this month, the Alberta teacher became the third Canadian detained in China. She had been sentenced to administrative punishment for illegal employment, according to a spokesperson for the Chinese government. Hua Chunying, of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, did not explain what that means. In a statement released last week, Global Affairs Canada had said that consular officials had spoken to McIver and were providing services to her and her family.

China has detained a former Canadian diplomat on unknown charges in what appears to be a kind of tit-for-tat retaliation for the arrest of the chief financial officer of China ’s Huawei Technologies ten days ago. Michael Kovrig, a North East Asia senior adviser for the International Crisis Group, has been

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China following Vancouver arrest of Huawei CFO. His detention comes just two days after former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig was arrested for Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei , was arrested at the request of the US government and is

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.

Alberta teacher was detained by mistake: aunt

Alberta teacher was detained by mistake: aunt DRUMHELLER, Alta. - The aunt of an Alberta woman who has been released from custody in China says she believes it was a mistake by her niece's employer that resulted in her arrest. Sarah McIver was detained earlier this month over a work-permit issue related to her teaching job, but her aunt Rhona McIver says Sarah is now on her way back to her hometown of Drumheller, Alta. Rhona McIver said she believes her niece arrived in China to learn that the school she'd planned to teach at no longer had a job for her, so officials gave her work at another school. "That's where the mistake got made," McIver said from Drumheller in an interview Saturday.

Move follows arrest of Chinese Huawei executive in Canada . Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig detained in China . “ Canadian citizen Michael John Kovrig was on 10 December investigated in accordance with the law by the Beijing State Security Bureau on suspicion of engaging in activities

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is shown in Canada 's Globe and Mail newspaper on December 6, 2018. Beijing has threatened Ottawa with consequences if it doesn't release Huawei 's chief financial officer. The executive was detained over her alleged connection with a company that tried to

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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.

Australia ‘concerned’ about 2 Canadians detained in China, foreign minister says

Australia ‘concerned’ about 2 Canadians detained in China, foreign minister says A statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne on Sunday came after group of scholars wrote a letter asking Australia to call for the immediate release of the two men. READ MORE: France, New York Times editorial board are the latest to condemn China over detained Canadians Earlier this month, two Canadians living in China, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig — a businessman and an ex-diplomat, respectively — were detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of endangering national security. "The Australian Government is concerned about the recent detention of two Canadian citizens in China," Payne said.

China detains second Canadian citizen as Huawei row intensifies. “This is one of the situations you get in when the two largest economies in the world, China and the United States, start picking a fight with each other Two others detained this month after arrest of Huawei ’s Meng Wanzhou in Canada .

A second Canadian has been detained in China on accusations of harming national security, as tension continues between the two countries. She denies violating US sanctions on Iran through Huawei 's business dealings. China has threatened unspecified consequences if she is not released.

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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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