A former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China amid rising tensions between the 2 international locations over Canada’s arrest, on the request of the US of a Chinese language expertise govt.
A former Canadian envoy to Beijing, Hong Kong and elsewhere from 2003 to 2016, Michael Kovrig was apprehended earlier this week for undisclosed causes.
Kovrig, a Mandarin speaker, is the North East Asia senior adviser for the Worldwide Disaster Group, which researches peaceable options to international conflicts.
Kovrig’s apprehension comes as a Canadian courtroom is deciding whether or not to launch Meng Wanzhou, the chief monetary officer of China’s Huawei Applied sciences firm, on bail pending a U.S. request to extradite her to face trial on prices that she violated U.S. sanctions in opposition to commerce with Iran.
An Worldwide Disaster Group assertion mentioned, “We’re doing every thing potential to safe extra data on Michael’s whereabouts in addition to his immediate and protected launch.”
Canada’s International Affairs division had no rapid touch upon Kovrig’s detention.
However former Canadian Liberal chief Bob Rae linked Kovrig’s detention to the arrest of Meng on the Vancouver airport on December 1.
“It is known as repression and retaliation,” he mentioned on Twitter.