BEIJING HAS DETAINED 13 CANADIANS SINCE ARREST OF HUAWEI CFO | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

BEIJING HAS DETAINED 13 CANADIANS SINCE ARREST OF HUAWEI CFO

When the US published its latest travel advisory warning its citizens about the "arbitrary law enforcement" risks they could face in China (and offering a list of recommended precautions for those obstinate enough to ignore the government's warnings), some wondered, why now? With trade negotiations set to begin in earnest next week, one would think that the US wouldn't want to kick the hornet's nest (though, in fairness, the DOJ's steady stream of indictments against Chinese government-sponsored hackers have continued, as has the prosecution of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou).

Well, Canada's Globe and Mail might have just answered that question by confirming that the Beijing's suspected retaliation against Ottawa over Meng's arrest has been even more severe than previously believed. According to the paper, 13 Canadians have been detained in China since Dec. 1 - the day Meng was arrested by Canadian authorities after landing in Vancouver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though the Canadian/Chinese relationships have been strained nearly to the breaking point, with these arrests.

Hopefully, the "adults in the room" in Beijing and Ottawa, will get this sorted, before more unhappiness ensues in both countries.

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