WASHINGTON – The Chinese government has arrested a third Canadian citizen escalating a diplomatic crisis in which it drives the United States to refrain from legal pressure against one of China’s leading technology companies.
Canadian consular officials assist the Family of the Last Prisoner, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, the country’s Foreign Ministry, said on Wednesday. The spokesman refused to identify the prisoner or give more details.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a regularly scheduled press conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the Ministry had no information on the matter.
However, at all appearances, Detentians appear to be detrimental to Canada’s arrest by Meng Wanzhou, Huawei, Chief Financial Officer, The Giant Chinese Technology Company, December 1, as Ms. Meng was in transit in Vancouver between Hong Kong and Mexico.
Ms. Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei’s founder, was arrested at the United States request. At her citizen’s court, a Canadian official said that Meng had been accused by Americans to deceive banks in transactions involving Huawei-controlled entities that violated US sanctions against Iran.
Michael Kovrig was one of two other Canadians detained by Chinese security agencies. Credit Julie David de Lossy / Crisis Group
Ms. Meng is out on the castle now. A court is expected to decide if Canada will hand her to the United States.
The Chinese government has said that Ms. Meng is held incorrectly and should be released immediately and has accused the United States of pursuing Ms. Meng for Political
The Canadian Government has not publicly drawn any links between the Canadian detention and the arrest of Ms. Meng.
But on December 13, the Chinese ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, explicitly banned the actions when he wrote in an update in Globe and Mail: “Those who accuse China of detaining someone in retaliation for the arrest of Ms. Meng should first reflect on the Canadian side. It is both ignominious and hypocritical to revile China with dual standards. “
Mr.. Kovrig is a Chinese researcher for the international crisis group, a conflict and foreign policy research organization. He lived in Hong Kong and had a visa to enter mainland China.
He was on vacation from Global Affairs Canada, where he had posted abroad as a diplomat, also in China.
Mr. Kovrig visited Beijing when was imprisoned by the State Security Department, the main Chinese spy agency, who also contradicts, said the crisis group.
Michael Spavor was detained on December 10 with Chinese security agencies. Credit Associated Press
Rob Malley, President and CEO, said that Kovrig had been open with Chinese officials about his work, all readable online. 19659002] “Michael led two consecutive professional lives in China – first as a diplomat for Canada and then as a researcher for crisis group,” he said in an interview on Monday.
“His detention means one of two things,” Malley said. “He is charged retroactively to engage in activities that all diplomats participate in or engage in the open and transparent work that many others routinely engage in. In both cases, the message is sent to businessmen, diplomats, academics and others who want to deal with China – is chilling. “
The second prisoner, Mr. Spavor, is an entrepreneur and author living near North Korea in northeast China’s Liaoning province.
Mr. Spavor drove a travel company that took people to North Korea and had helped arrange a trip by Dennis Rodman, the former basketball player, to Pyongyang there mr. Rodman met with Kim Jong-un, the young North Korean leader.  Mr. Spavor has also met Kim and had written a photograph of the two online.
US officials have been watching Huawei for several years and recently, US security officials have pressured other countries not to use Huawei’s technology for next-generation wireless networks, saying it represents a potential security threat.
Administration officials say that the sanction case against Huawei brought by the Justice Department is distinct from other security issues.
“It is also very important for Canada that extradition agreements are not used for political purposes,” Freeland said at a press conference on Friday in Washington. “In Canada, so far, there have been no political disturbances.”
State Secretary Mike Pompeo said at the same press conference that the United States had raised the Canadian cases detained with China asking for them to be released.
Chinese security agencies have long been engaged in arbitrary detention of foreign citizens, and in January, the United States issued a travel alert.
Donald Clarke, a professor at George Washington University, studying Chinese law, wrote this week that China had taken Canadians as hostage, hoping that Canada would exchange Ms. Mix for them.
“You can not just go and arrest innocent people and keep them in the hostage.” Clarke wrote in a Washington Post-up-ed. “It is the mark of a deaf state, not a permanent member of the Security Council. If detention two Canadians are an acceptable answer, how about 20 or 200?”