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CanadaCanada says 13 citizens detained in China since Huawei CFO arrest

16:55  04 january  2019
16:55  04 january  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Diplomatic tensions between the two countries have escalated since Meng Wanzhou’s arrest on 1 December.

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] Chief Diplomatic tensions between Canada and China have escalated since Meng's arrest on Dec. 1. The Canadian government has said several times it

Canada says 13 citizens detained in China since Huawei CFO arrest © Reuters/HANDOUT FILE PHOTO: Handout of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer (CFO)

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Co Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested last month in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

"At least" eight of those 13 had since been released, the Canadian government said in a statement, without disclosing what charges if any have been laid.

Prior to Thursday's statement, detention of only three Canadian citizens had been publicly disclosed. Diplomatic tension between Canada and China has intensified since Meng's arrest on Dec. 1.

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Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] The 13 Canadians detained include Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver, a Canadian government official who declined to be identified, said on Thursday.

Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested last month in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

The Canadian government has said several times it sees no explicit link between the arrest of Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, and the detentions of Canadian citizens.

But Beijing-based Western diplomats and former Canadian diplomats have said they believe the detentions were a "tit-for-tat" reprisal by China.

Meng was released on a C$10 million ($7.4 million) bail on Dec. 11 and is living in one of her two multi-million-dollar Vancouver homes as she fights extradition to the United States. The 46-year-old executive must wear an ankle monitor and stay at home from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The 13 Canadians detained include Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver, a Canadian government official who declined to be identified, said on Thursday.

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

13 Canadians detained in China since December, when Huawei executive was arrested in Canada "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. READ MORE: U.S.

TORONTO: Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested last month in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

According to the paper, 13 Canadians have been detained in China since Dec. 1 - the day Meng was arrested by Canadian authorities after landing Global Affairs Canada spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said in a statement to The Globe and Mail that the government is aware that 13 Canadians have

McIver, a teacher, has since been released and returned to Canada. Kovrig and Spavor remain in custody. 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 infractions who continue to face on-going legal proceedings. "This number has remained relatively stable," the official said.

In comparison, there are almost 900 Canadians in a similar situation in the United States, the official added.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang did not provide details about the other detained Canadians at a news briefing in Beijing on Friday, but said that China was ruled by law and it protected the legal rights of foreigners.

The Chinese government has not drawn a direct link between the detention of any Canadian and Meng's arrest. It has demanded that Canada free Meng and threatened unspecified consequences if it does not.

(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Additional reporting by Michael Martina in Beijing; Editing by Sandra Maler, Robert Birsel)

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