China arrests former Canadian diplomat amid tensions over Huawei CFO detention

China detained Tuesday former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and it is too early to claim it is anyway related to the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer on December 1 in Canada at the request of US authorities.

Kovrig’s current employer, International Crisis Group, released a statement they are aware their North East Asia Senior Adviser has been arrested in China and additional information is awaited about his whereabouts and safe release.

It is yet to be known the exact reason of arrest. The Brussels-based non-governmental organization said Kovrig has been one of their full-time experts and his areas of expertise included the United Nations, South China Sea and China.

Kovrig had earlier worked as Canadian diplomat in Hong Kong and Beijing. He was a communication specialist at the United Nations.

Former Canadian Liberal leader Bob Rae tweeted the detention is called repression and retaliation.

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The arrest of Meng coincided with the meeting of Trump and China’s Xi Jinping in Argentina. Both talked about resolving trade war. It resulted with roiling of stock markets and condemnation from Chinese authorities.

Meanwhile, China has called for immediate release of Meng Wanzhou on medical grounds.

The Huawei executive fears her health could deteriorate being in Canada jail and argue should be released on bail.

Paul Linus