Tit for Tat?
Since Canadian authorities arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last month at America's request, China has detained 13 Canadian citizens, Canada said Thursday. "At least" eight of them have since been released, though not the first two, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavo, a Canadian official tells Reuters. Western diplomats say China's arrests of Canadians is likely retaliation for Canada's arrest of Meng, daughter of the telecom giant's founder, but Canada says it sees no link between the arrests in China and Canada.
Meng, 46, has been living in one of her two Vancouver residences since being released on bail Dec. 11. She's fighting extradition to the U.S. to face charges related to violating Iran sanctions.
There are about 200 Canadians facing ongoing legal proceedings in China after being arrested for various alleged infractions, a number that "has remained relatively stable," the Canadian official tells Reuters. The number of Canadians facing similar legal jeopardy in the U.S. is near 900, the official added.