Richmond business owners concerned about 'unclear' Canada-China situation

Posted December 15, 2018

"This situation demonstrates that Justin Trudeau's naive approach to relations with China isn't working", Scheer said.

Canada has registered its concerns with Chinese authorities and has asked China for additional security around its embassy.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today the Liberal government needs to be more forceful with Beijing regarding the plight of the two Canadians detained in China, attacking what he calls the prime minister's "naive approach".

In apparent retaliation, China has detained a former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, since Monday.

The tour operator joins Michael Kovrig, a diplomat on leave from Canada's foreign service who has written about the North Korean nuclear crisis, in being investigated by China for "potentially engaging in activities that harm China's state security", a foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday in Beijing.

On Thursday, Northeast News, a website run by the propaganda department in the northeastern Chinese province of Liaoning, said Spavor was being questioned by the state security bureau in Dandong, close to the border with North Korea.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 8, 2014 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 9, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) speaking with former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman (not in picture) as Michael Spavor (L) listens at Pyongyang Gymnasium in Pyongyang.

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Young is United's joint-third longest serving player and has won four honours since signing for the club in 2011. He found himself in a similar situation during the 2017-18 campaign and did enough to earn a 12-month extension.

It took four days for China to grant access to Mr. Kovrig, in contrast to Ms. Meng, who was granted immediate consular access when she was arrested at Vancouver airport on December 1 on allegations of fraud relating to US sanctions against Iran.

Meng was released on a $7.5-million bail by a court in Vancouver on Tuesday pending a U.S. extradition hearing.

A businessman who's jet-skied with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and was key in arranging Dennis Rodman's visit to the Hermit Kingdom is the second Canadian to be detained by China this week amid the uproar over a top Chinese tech executive's arrest in Canada.

State media such as the People's Daily also ran editorials in recent days that said Canada risks "paying a heavy price" if Ms Meng is not released soon.

Spavor is the founder of a Paektu Cultural Exchange, focused on opening up global ties with North Korea.

The United States alleges that Meng was personally complicit in giving untrue assurances to USA financial institutions that Huawei was not involved in evading U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Pompeo said the detention of nationals overseas was something that "weighs on those of us who serve to try to make sure that our citizens do have the opportunity to return home to their families".

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She was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver and is facing extradition to the United States. Should a judge agree to extradite Meng, she would have multiple chances to appeal the decision.

Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada's former ambassador to China, told Canadian broadcaster CBC: "In China there are no coincidences".

The Americans accuse Meng of committing bank fraud in connection with an alleged attempt to circumvent American sanctions against Iran.

The hashtag, "Canada Goose shares plummet", has gathered more than 220 million views as Chinese consumers called for the ban in the world's largest luxury market.

Canada's foreign ministry said its ambassador to Beijing, John McCallum, was granted consular access to Kovrig on Friday and is pressing for access to Spavor.

"We are working hard to ascertain his whereabouts and we continue to raise this with the Chinese government".

If convicted in the United States, Meng faces up to 30 years in prison.

"President Trump has made it clear that old alliances don't matter so much anymore", she said.

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Many banks and other businesses also will shut down, and government buildings are flying flags at half-staff until December 30. Bush's death makes Carter, also 94 but more than 100 days younger, the oldest living ex-president.

US President Donald Trump blurred the line between political and judicial matters on Tuesday when he told Reuters he would consider intervening in Meng's case if the move would benefit ongoing trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing.