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Former Canadian diplomat detained in China

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China

Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver, China detained a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing in apparent retaliation for the December 1 arrest of Ms Meng, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and daughter of the company's founder.

Trump's comments will intensify the scrutiny of Canada's role in the U.S. If convicted, she faces more than 30 years in prison.

A former Canadian diplomat has been reportedly detained in China, according to his employer - a potentially explosive development that comes in the aftermath of the Canadian arrest of a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive.

He said the Chinese government was once again buying large quantities of U.S. soybeans, a reversal after China in July imposed tariffs on USA supplies of the oilseed in retaliation for United States duties on Chinese goods. The man has pledged his home, valued at $1.8 million, and said he understood he would lose it if Meng violated the conditions of her release.

"We need to wait for the official explanation from the Chinese side, but this detention could have a chilling effect on the foreign NGO and business communities in terms of their feeling safe while travelling in China", he said.

Trudeau said Wednesday Canada remains "seized with the case", and reiterated that Ottawa was in direct contact with Chinese diplomats and representatives over Kovrig's arrest. She was ordered to reappear in court on February 6.

Meng was freed Tuesday on $10 million bail by a B.C. Supreme Court judge.

"If they are not registered and their workers are in China undertaking activities, then that's already outside of, and breaking, the law, revised just a year ago, on the management of overseas non-governmental organisations operating in China", Lu said.




Speaking in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Meng's arrest "was a mistake from the start".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the matter is one for the courts to decide.

A Canadian judge granted bail Tuesday to a top Huawei executive after her arrest on a United States warrant, in a case that has frayed relations between the North American allies and China. Two unnamed sources told Reuters on Tuesday that the U.S. State Department is now mulling over whether or not to issue a travel warning for Americans citizens visiting China in any capacity.

Trump said while "my people" have spoken with China about the case, he has yet to discuss it with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Meng has denied the allegations through her lawyer in court, promising to fight them if she is extradited.

"This is a decision we don't take lightly, but it's based on the current set of circumstances", he said.

Huawei is the world's largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, with revenue of about $92 billion previous year.

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