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>> Another Canadian citizen in China might be in
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According to China's government news site, he's being investigated of quote, harming China's national security. Canadian officials says he had reached out to the Canadian government earlier, but they've since lost touch.>> We are working very hard to ascertain his whereabouts.>> That announcement on Wednesday signals the latest in growing tensions between the two nations, which started with the arrest of a Chinese executive in Vancouver.
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Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was seen leaving a Canadian court room Tuesday. She was released on bail after being detained for over a week, but still faces possible extradiction to the US. That same day, Canada confirmed one of its citizens, a former diplomat, was detained in China. Reuters' Christian Shepherd has been following the story from Beijing.
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>> Still haven't been many details released about the case of Michael Kovrig, the former Canadian diplomat who has been detained in Beijing. Diplomats in Beijing, however, are calling the case a form of kidnapping. Others are calling it something like a hostage situation. So there's some very strong language being used.
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>> In a Thursday editorial, Chinese state media urged Canada to defy the US and grant unconditional freedom to Meng. The US Justice Department accuses her of misleading multinational banks about transactions linked to Iran, potentially violating US sanctions. In an exclusive interview with Reuters this week, President Trump said he would intervene with the Justice Department on her case, If it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with Beijing.
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But in Wednesday's press conference, Canada warned the US not to politicize the extradition case.