Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

With tech exec arrest, Canada squeezed between China, US

With tech exec arrest, Canada squeezed between China, US

China has confirmed that a second Canadian citizen has been detained under suspicion of endangering China's national security, in an apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a high-ranking Chinese tech executive.

Accused of sanctions busting and forced to abide by a curfew and wear an ankle bracelet as she awaits possible extradition to the United States, China's "Princess of Huawei" could be said to have fallen spectacularly from grace.

Huang said many people in China expressed their anger online towards Canada, including some really extreme comments, which made her anxious about the safety of Canadian business people travelling to China.

"Canada needs to unite around this issue and send a clear message to the Chinese government that it is completely unacceptable that a Canadian citizen on Chinese soil is being used in this way", Scheer said.

On Monday, the Beijing Bureau of State Security detained Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat who is on a leave from his job. He has ties to figures in the North's government, including leader Kim Jong Un and was instrumental in bringing National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman to the North's capital Pyongyang in 2013. Hu said Canada "must do more to restore [Meng's] freedom" beyond the businesswoman's release on $10 million Canadian (€6.6 million) bail on Tuesday.

Her words mark another potentially hard moment in ties between Canada and the United States, which were heavily strained during more than a year of talks to negotiate a new North American trade pact.

In an opinion piece published Thursday by the Globe and Mail newspaper, Ambassador Lu Shaye said Meng's arrest was a "miscarriage of justice", given she wasn't charged under Canadian law but at the behest of the Americans. But Trump issued a reprieve, perhaps partly because US tech companies, major suppliers to ZTE, would also have been scorched.

David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said not only the USA but other Western nations should be standing up for Canada.

As far as his business was concerned, Spavor ran the Paektu Cultural Exchange in Dandong, which is described as a "non-profit social enterprise dedicated to facilitating sustainable cooperation, cross-cultural exchanges, tourism, trade, and economic exchanges" involving North Korea.

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"Canada was granted consular access to Michael Kovrig". "We are working with our traditional partners-they are Ericsson and Nokia". Garratt's detention was seen as a tit-for-tat response to Canada's arrest of Chinese spy who was eventually extradited to the U.S.

American authorities are seeking extradition so Meng can face fraud allegations related to alleged violations of global sanctions against Iran.

Deutsche Telekom, Europe's largest telecoms company, on Friday said it was reviewing its vendor plans in Germany and other European markets where it operates, given the debate on the security of Chinese network gear.

Kovrig's employer, ICG, had reported his arrest earlier this week while Canada's government said on Wednesday that it had not heard from Spavor since he was questioned.

Canadian officials say a wide range of topics was planned for their talks, including Russia-Ukraine tensions and issues related to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but the ongoing tensions with China will definitely be on the table.

Ms Meng faces up to 30 years in prison in the U.S. if found guilty of the charges, the Canadian court heard.

The sources, who were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the Washington meeting's agenda, could not say whether Ms. Freeland would raise Canada's concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that he might use Ms. Meng as a bargaining chip in the U.S.

In June, Trump vowed to make Canada pay after Trudeau said he wouldn't be pushed around in talks to hammer out a new North American trade agreement, an unprecedented attack on America's closest ally.

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