The canadian government has confirmed the arrest of one of its former diplomats in China. “We know from the arrest of a canadian citizen in China,” said the foreign Ministry. You stand in contact with the Chinese authorities about the Case. The Minister of Public security, Ralph Goodale, said in Ottawa that it was “deeply concerned” about the arrest of Michael Kovrig.
Kovrigs of today’s employers, the non-governmental Organisation Crisis Group, earlier it was informed, according to Reports go, what the northeast Asia expert “in China has been arrested”. Goodale said consular officials were in contact with the family and tried to assist wherever possible.
connection with the arrest of the Huawei chief financial officer?
The case sparked speculation about a possible Chinese retaliatory action for the arrest of the Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, at the Request of the United States in Canada. The arrest of the daughter of the founder of Huawei group in Canada had stirred up among foreign experts and business people in China earlier Worries about possible return carriages from the Chinese side.
Meng is accused of sanctions against Iran bypassed. China has sharply protested against their arrest.
Kovrig has been working since February of 2017, in the case of the Brussels-based Crisis Group, which provides analysis and advice to conflict and as an independent contact person is recognized.