Canada says third national detained in China

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Ltd.'s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.

Her arrest enraged China. She has been released on bail. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng's arrest. O'Toole said a fellow Conservative lawmaker relayed the information to Canada's foreign minister.

China, however, has said that Canada and the United States overstepped their authority and that Meng, who was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver, broke no laws.

Meng is accused by the United States of misleading multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating USA sanctions. "As technology becomes more complex and networks become more open, we will continue to increase our investment in security related efforts", he said. Global Affairs Canada has said John McCallum, Canada's ambassador to China, met with Kovrig on Friday and Spavor on Sunday.

But the third Canadian detained doesn't seem to fit the pattern of the two previous ones, with no national security charges listed, Trudeau said.

december 11: In the morning, Kelly Craft, the USA ambassador to Canada, tells reporters it is "absolutely false" to assume a political motive behind the Meng's arrest.

"I think people need to be very careful when they start to suggest that corners be cut when it comes to the rule of law and when it comes to worldwide treaty obligations", said Freeland.

"The rule of law is not about following the rule of law when it suits you". As part of the agreement with the court, Ms Meng, who cried as the decision was read out, must wear an ankle monitor that tracks her movements and hand over her Chinese and Hong Kong passports.

Last week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer demanded Trudeau send a "very high-level message" to China and denounce any repercussions on Canadians overseas.

No Chinese company is fully independent of its government, which reserves the right to require companies to assist with intelligence gathering.

Days later, two Canadians were detained in Beijing for allegedly endangering China's national security.

A source with direct knowledge of the situation said senior officials at the Canadian Foreign Ministry had held many meetings about the detainees but that a formal task force had yet to be created. He declined to comment specifically on the case of Meng, or on efforts by Turkey to have the USA extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen.

China has granted Canada access to both Spavor and Kovrig.

December 16: Canadian diplomats in China are granted consular access to Spavor.

A third Canadian citizen has been detained in China, a Canadian newspaper reported on Wednesday, amid a diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa over the arrest of a Chinese telecom executive.



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