Ambassador to China John McCallum meets with detained Canadian Michael Kovrig

Ambassador to China John McCallum meets with detained Canadian Michael Kovrig

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Global Affairs says in a statement our ambassador toChinaa met with Kovrig in Beijing and he and his family are receiving consular assistance.

ICG has said that it has not received any information about Kovrig since his arrest.

There has been much speculation on what actions China would take ever since word of Meng's detention was reported in the media, three days after her recent arrest in Vancouver International Airport (she was detained on the basis of a provisional warrant issued by the US Department of Justice).

The decision puts the breaks on a major Sino-Canadian initiative meant to deepen ties between the countries.

Speaking to AFP, Mr Fung said the controversy, however, is not likely to affect Ms Meng directly: "We're a pretty low key city, we routinely get Hollywood stars come through and people are not badgering them".

"Both governments agreed this would allow us to better achieve our shared objectives".

Analysts see the arrests of the two Canadians as apparent retaliation for the Huawei case, though neither China nor Canada have directly linked the two cases.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not engaged in direct talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the past two weeks, HuffPost Canada has learned.

Huawei, the world's largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, has repeatedly denied accusations that it facilitates Chinese espionage. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna recently completed a trip to China to forge links on battling climate change and fostering clean energy alternatives. But Trump issued a reprieve, perhaps partly because USA tech companies, major suppliers to ZTE, would also have been scorched.

Huawei has refuted the security concerns, saying that they're "unfounded", but that doesn't seem to be stopping the US from cutting Huawei's ties with as many of its partners as possible. "We don't always agree on every issue, but I think they play an important role in these climate discussions".

China has reacted angrily to Canada's arrest on December 1 of Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, and Spavor's investigation is likely to escalate the diplomatic row.

Canada Goose parkas, which retails up to £995 apiece, have quickly become a style icon in China since the brand launched in the country a year ago.

That pressure is part of the national security review of T-Mobile's $26 billion deal to buy USA rival Sprint, the sources said. The moves came nine days after Canada arrested Meng as part of extradition efforts by US authorities.

Beijing warned Ottawa of severe consequences unless Meng is released.

Meng can appeal both a committal order and a surrender order and in such a case, the two appeals might be heard at the same time by the B.C. Court of Appeal.

Meanwhile in Washington, Canada's foreign and defense ministers held talks with their U.S. counterparts on the row.

Experts quoted by the Global Times have raised the prospect of a decline in Chinese tourism to Canada.

The sources, who were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the Washington meeting's agenda, could not say whether Ms. Freeland would raise Canada's concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that he might use Ms. Meng as a bargaining chip in the U.S.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland took a swipe at Trump, saying it was "quite obvious" any foreign country requesting extradition should ensure "the process is not politicized".

The move to grant Meng bail and stay in her Vancouver home as she awaits a possible extradition will hopefully "lead to a little lower heat" between the two nations, said Ron Davidson, executive director of Ottawa-based industry group Soy Canada.

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