China has detained 13 Canadians since Huawei CFO arrest

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The prospect had seemed doable as recently as mid-November, when International Trade Minister Jim Carr was in Beijing hoping to talk trade and strike smaller sector-by-sector agreements.

Reports say the travel guidance issued by the United States comes after the detentions of two Canadians in China last month and came amid heightened diplomatic tensions in the wake of the arrest in Canada of a top executive in Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

An American citizen living in Beijing, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the South China Morning Post that he was cautious after the renewed warning and feared that he and other foreigners residing in China would be caught in the middle if relations between China and the U.S. deteriorated. The three family members, all American citizens, arrived in China in June under USA passports to visit the ailing father of Liu's wife.

The December arrest in Canada of Chinese tech giant Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Washington's request also raised the spectre of potential retaliatory arrests of Americans or Canadians in China.

"There is no doubt that the two Canadian citizens have violated China's laws and regulations", Zhang Jun, head of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, said Thursday during a briefing in Beijing.

The senator said the delegation's Chinese counterparts from the Canada-China Legislative Association paid a visit a few weeks ago, and Canada is now returning the favour. "Chinese nationals", CNN reported.

That's exactly what the members of the Canada-China Legislative Association say they will do when they arrive in China on Saturday, said Conservative MP Michael Cooper. Diplomatic tensions between Canada and China have escalated since Ms Meng's arrest on Dec 1. "USA citizens under exit bans have been harassed and threatened", the warning reads. The U.S. alleges Meng misled American banks in a bid to get around American sanctions on Iran.

Kang said: "We have said here that these two Canadian citizens are under investigation in accordance with law for engaging in activities that undermine China's national security".

"Frankly speaking, the travel advisory issued by the United States does not hold water", Lu said. A source familiar with the conditions of Kovrig's detention says he is questioned three times a day and kept in a room with the lights on continuously. Canadian consular officials saw them once each in mid-December.

It also adds that USA citizens have been detained for years and subjected to harassment while under an exit ban. She has been released on bail and is living in an upscale Vancouver home in advance of her extradition hearing.

As for the suggestion that Kovrig did anything to undermine China's national security, Malley said those accusations are false.

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