Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Scott Thompson: China, not the nice customer we thought?

Scott Thompson: China, not the nice customer we thought?

The advisory, which warns of the potential for arbitrary detentions, "cannot stand up to scrutiny", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, who noted that 2.3 million Americans visited China between January and November 2018.

Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested last month as relations between the two countries worsened.

Separately, three USA citizens were accused of committing "economic crimes" and barred from leaving China in November.

China ratcheted up its accusations against the two detained Canadians on Thursday, with the country's chief prosecutor declaring that the pair broke Chinese law "without a doubt".

McIver, a teacher, has been released and returned to Canada. "I'm sure they could've put pressure on China in a way that did not hold somebody captive".

The current diplomatic strains shouldn't come as a surprise, as the differences between Canada and China's governing systems were bound to present challenges, Day said.

December 7: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada's envoy to China has briefed Chinese officials about Meng's case. "US citizens under exit bans have been harassed and threatened", the warning reads.

Wanzhou is now facing extradition to the US, which alleges that the Huawei executive attempted to evade USA trade embargoes against Iran.

"We've only heard that he was detained, but we know nothing about the reason", he said. Nor did the State Department say what triggered the updated travel advisory.

"Without a doubt, these two Canadian citizens in China violated our country's laws and regulations, and are now undergoing investigation according to procedure", the regime's prosecutor general, Zhang Jun, said.

China's relations with the USA and with Canada deteriorated following the arrest in Vancouver, British Columbia, of a top executive with Huawei, (huawei) a leading Chinese electronics and telecom firm, on a US warrant.

"I and all the members of the delegation want to do whatever we can to play a constructive role to see the safe and speedy return of the two Canadians", Cooper said in an interview on CTV's Power Play.

"China always welcomes foreign citizens, including USA citizens, to visit China, and protects their security and legal rights, including freedom of entry and exit", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing. She has been released on bail and is living in an upscale Vancouver home in advance of her extradition hearing.

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