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Canada Recent canada vs china spat


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Second Canadian detained in China as diplomatic spat intensifies

(CNN)A second Canadian has been detained in China in a potential act of retribution that threatens to escalate the diplomatic dispute between Washington, Beijing and Ottawa following the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive in Canada.
On Thursday, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are "being investigated" on suspicion of "activities that endangered China's national security." Canada also confirmed Spavor's detention Thursday.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland previously acknowledged that Chinese authorities had detained Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat who works for the International Crisis Group.
Speaking at a daily press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said authorities had taken "compulsory measures" on the two men on Monday and that both cases remain under investigation.
When asked by CNN, Lu would not specify what "compulsory measures" means nor would he be drawn in to whether the two men are still in custody. The term "compulsory measures" is generally used to refer to detention in China.
"As far as I know, Beijing State Security Bureau and Liaoning State Security Department notified the Canadian Embassy separately, and the two persons' legal rights and interests have been guaranteed," Lu added.
Spavor is the founder of the Paektu Cultural Exchange, a company that helps facilitate trips to North Korea. He has assisted former NBA player Dennis Rodman in travel to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Experts have expressed concern that Kovrig and Spavor are being held in retaliation over Canada's arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, earlier this month in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, is accused of helping her company dodge US sanctions on Iran, according to Canadian prosecutors. She has been released on bail while a Canadian court decides whether to extradite her to the United States to face charges there.
In a statement earlier this week, Le Yucheng, China's vice minister of foreign affairs, called Meng's arrest "lawless, reasonless and ruthless."
Andrei Lankov, a professor at South Korea's Kookmin University and an expert in North Korean and East Asian affairs, said it appears that China and Canada are engaged in a "hostage game."
"I'm a bit surprised they (the Chinese government) chose Michael, who is from very humble origins," Lankov said. "He's definitely not the son of a CEO of a major Canadian company."
Lankov, who has known Spavor for 10 years, described the Canadian as a likable, easygoing, charismatic man who wasn't much interested in international politics.
"He sees North Korea as a misrepresented underdog, and as such he wanted to basically improve its image while making some money in the process," the professor said.


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For my fellow Lebanese/Canadian members of the forum, what is your take on this.
Let me be clear in my position, I think Canada should have never put itself in this position, acting as a policeman for another country.