‘Detention of third Canadian not linked with arrest of Huawei CFO’

‘Detention of third Canadian not linked with arrest of Huawei CFO’

China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying seemed to confirm that Thursday, saying the woman had received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.

The Chinese arrests of the other two Canadians came in the wake of Canada detaining Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is now out on bail after five people pledged to secure a bail amount of United States dollars 2.2 million on December 11.

In a previous interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau said it's often best to let diplomats speak to diplomats and ministers speak to ministers, and keep leader-to-leader talks as a last resort.

The arrest set off a string of heated verbal rebuttals from Chinese government officials, who likened it to "basically 'kidnapping.'" In the following weeks, two Canadian citizens - Calgary-born entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig - were detained by Chinese authorities, leading to broader questions about whether China would carry out further arrests in retaliation against Canada.

But Beijing-based western diplomats and former Canadian diplomats have said they believed the detentions were a "tit-for-tat" reprisal by China.

The office did not suggest the arrest was linked to the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on December 1, who was held by Canadian authorities at the request of US officials.

Trudeau said that such discussions between countries are inherently fragile and need to be approached in a tempered way. Both men remain in custody on suspicion of endangering China's national security.

Canadian newspaper National Post reported on Wednesday that arrangements were being made for McIver, originally from Alberta, to return to Canada after she was detained over a visa irregularity. "If I ever spoke to him and he said no, what is my next move?"


Telecoms analyst Desmond Lau has said that since BCE and Telus have not put a lot of capital into 5G trials, the financial hit from a possible ban on Huawei wouldn't be a big deal for the two companies.

"In China there are no coincidences".

Although Canadian officials have not directly tied the detentions in China to Meng's arrest, former Canadian ambassador to China, David Mulroney, finds that unlikely.

Last week, Meng was released on a $10-million bail in Vancouver.

China has called Ms. Meng's arrest political in nature, and critics have called the seizure of Canadians a retaliatory act that will ripple far beyond Canada's borders.

USA prosecutors accuse Meng of misleading multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating United States sanctions.

Trudeau said the Five Eyes alliance includes countries that have banned Huawei - Australia, New Zealand and the US - but also countries like the United Kingdom and Canada that have allowed their telecom industry to use Huawei equipment.

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