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13 Canadians detained in China since Huawei executive's arrest

OTTAWA – From the time when Huawei chief executive Meng Wanzhou had been arrested by Canada in Vancouver in December, 13 Canadians have been detained in China. There have been 10 more Canadians detained in the previous month including three detentions that had been publicly known – Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig and Sarah McIver. According to Global Affairs Canada, out of 13 detained Canadians, at least eight have been released. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spokesperson Adam Austen Thursday said, “We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of two Canadians last month.” Huawei’s chief executive was arrested by Canada on the request of US, which angered the Chinese government and vowed to retaliate. The Unites States on Thursday issued an updated security statement which advised its citizens to exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals as well. Nearly 200 canadians have been detained in China over variety of alleged infractions, says Global Affairs Canada. Despite the recent high-profile arrests of Kovrig and Spavor, that number has remained “relatively stable”. (Harleen Sandhu)

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