Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China

In a recent letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S.Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio urged him to keep Chinese tech out of the planned new high-speed network, warning that allowing Huawei into Canada's 5G would put intelligence-sharing between Canada and the risk.

Although it is not clear whether there is a link between Meng's case and Kovrig's detention, the timing of his disappearance will no doubt complicate the standoff over the Huawei case.

"It seems to me there's a trade lane. and there's a law enforcement lane", Kudlow said.

"If I think it's good for the country, if I think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made - which is a very important thing - what's good for national security - I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary", Trump said in the interview.

Still, there is precedent for Trump intervening on behalf of a Chinese company accused of violating US sanctions.

"Our extradition partners should not seek to politicise the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice and following the rule of law", the Canadian minister said.

"Now, a lot of the assumptions that have guided our foreign policy are in question, including whether the United States has our back", said Paris, a University of Ottawa international-affairs professor.

"The president's remark was troubling", he said.

Canada's Global Affairs department didn't immediately respond with comment.

Meng, if convicted in the United States, faces up to 30 years' imprisonment, with a Canadian prosecutor alleging at a court hearing Friday in Vancouver that she committed fraud in 2013 by telling financial institutions that China's Huawei was not tied to a Hong Kong-based company, Skycom, which was allegedly selling USA goods to Iran in violation of US sanctions against Tehran.

Canada drew Chinese protests after it arrested an executive at telecoms giant Huawei at the request of the US.

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A Chinese newspaper called Canada's detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei Technologies Co (華為) at Washington's behest "inhumane", after a day earlier summoning the U.S. ambassador to Beijing to protest Ottawa's decision and demand that the USA cancel an order for her arrest.

Kovrig has been working for the International Crisis Group since February 2017 as its senior adviser for northeast Asia.

Hu Xijin, editor in chief of China's state-run newspaper Global Times, wrote on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo that there isn't any evidence Kovrig's detention was retaliation for Meng's arrest.

Chinese officials said Wednesday that the International Crisis Group is not registered in China and alleged its activities in the country are illegal.

"I do not have information to provide you here", Lu said when asked about Kovrig.

Lu also repeated China's demand for Meng's immediate release.

"In China there is no coincidence", Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said of Kovrig's detention.

Entrepreneur Michael Spavor, a prominent consultant on North Korean business issues and one of the few Westerners to have met Kim Jong-un, disappeared in China on Monday, the same day that Beijing detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig. Its website says Kovrig previously worked as a Canadian diplomat in Beijing and Hong Kong and at the United Nations. His LinkedIn profile says he worked as the "political lead" on Trudeau's visit to Hong Kong in September 2016.

FILE - Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou (L), who was arrested on an extradition warrant, appears at her B.C. Supreme Court bail hearing in a drawing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Dec. 10, 2018.

Lawyers for Ms Meng told the court that Huawei had already separated itself from Skycom.

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