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2nd Canadian Feared Detained in China

Canada tells Trump not to politicize Huawei case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 13, 2018 12:34 AM CST
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, waves goodbye to visitors at her home in Vancouver on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.   (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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(Newser) – A second Canadian man is feared detained in China in what appears to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei. The possible arrest raises the stakes in an international dispute that threatens relations, the AP reports. Canada's Global Affairs department on Wednesday said Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur who is one of the only Westerners to have met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had gone missing in China. Spavor's disappearance follows China's detention of a former Canadian diplomat in what is believed have been retaliation for Canada's arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou for possible extradition to the US.

"We have been unable to make contact (with Spavor) since he let us know he was being questioned by Chinese authorities," Global Affairs spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said. "We are working very hard to ascertain his whereabouts." On Tuesday, President Trump said he'd wade into the case if it would help produce a trade agreement with China. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bristled at Trump's assertion, saying: "Regardless of what goes on in other countries, Canada is, and will always remain, a country of the rule of law." Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said it was "quite obvious" any foreign country requesting extradition should ensure "the process is not politicized." (Meng was released on bail Tuesday and has to wear an ankle monitor.)

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