Canadian detained in China, not clear if related to two other detentions

Wang Bingzhang and Michael Kovrig have already been caught up in the escalating spat

Wang Bingzhang and Michael Kovrig have already been caught up in the escalating spat Credit Lindsey Wasson REUTERS

"Sometimes politicizing or amplifying the level of public discourse on this may be satisfying in the short term, but would not contribute to the outcome that we all want, which is for Canadians to be safe and secure".

The latest case doesn't seem to fit the pattern of the previous two, and Trudeau said he favors de-escalating the tensions.

Canadian officials did not connect the most recent arrest to the recent diplomatic turbulence between the countries. "They will retaliate and China will take hostages", he said. He brought up the possibility of it being a visa issue.

"Global Affairs Canada is aware of a Canadian citizen detained in China", ministry spokeswoman Maegan Graveline told AFP, without providing further details.

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"In China there are no coincidences".

A source with direct knowledge of the situation said senior officials at the Canadian Foreign Ministry had held many meetings about the detainees but that a formal task force had yet to be created. Obviously, if there were no connection, those who object should no more reflect on Canada's actions than they should reflect on the actions of, say, Saudi Arabia.

"Any possible harm to one company will have bad effects on others", Xiang said. Two is awful. Three underlines how ruthless China can be. "The real danger to China comes from Michael's arbitrary arrest and detention for these will have a chilling effect on people wanting to visit and engage with the country".

Trudeau also sought to keep politics out of the cases of three Canadians captured this month by Chinese authorities.

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Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were both detained in China shortly after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the United States, in Vancouver on 1 December.

Beijing has detained two other Canadians - Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman - on suspicion of endangering national security. She has since been released on bail pending a hearing in February next year.

The detention of Meng set off a diplomatic spat in which Canada is stuck in the middle.

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CNBC on Wednesday saw ominous signs of a market-disrupting diplomatic war breaking out if Canada grants the USA request to extradite Meng so she can face charges of bank fraud and sanctions-busting.

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