Detained Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig in Beijing a Hungarian, may raise issues between EU-China

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig detained in China also has a nationality of Hungarian, which has a potential to raise the stakes by pulling the European Union into the case.

China has last week, detained Kovrig in Beijing, alleged for harming national security of China and also detained second Canadian, Michael Spavor, a businessman, for the same reason.

China’s detention of two Canadian was followed by the arrest of Huawei’s chief executive officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou in Canada, who was accused of violating the US sanctions over Iran, and was then extradited to the United States over the request by the US.

Both the US and Canada expressed their deep concerns over the detention of two Canadian by China in Beijing. Though, Canadian diplomats got chance to meet each of detained Canadian once but still however, it is still unclear what will be the result or whether they will be charged over or not.

According to the news reports, Kovrig also holds Hungarian nationality, a factor that could now escalate the issue and further could create huge rock to China by involving the EU into the situation, as EU is the largest trading partner of China. It has been also said that Hungarian embassy in Beijing has been trying to seek access to Kovrig. Reports said, “It is not been granted yet –access.”

According to the reports, Beijing’s Hungarian embassy was going through a “normal process” and treating it as a consular case, also it confirmed that consular access has not been yet granted.

In a statement, Chinese foreign minister wrote: “At present what we can confirm is that Michael Kovrig entered the country on a Canadian passport. If there are other issues, China will handle them in accordance with the law and rule?”

No further details were released yet, neither of Hungarian or Canadian government responded to comment.

In a statement, EU embassy in Beijing wrote: “The arrest and detention in China of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, both Canadian nationals, and the declared motive for their investigation raises concerns about legitimate research and business practices in China.”

It further stated: “The denial of access to a lawyer under their status of detention is contrary to the right of defense. The EU fully supports the efforts of the Canadian Government on this matter.”

China has on Thursday, detained another third Canadian and confirmed the news and said detained Canadian name was Sarah McIver and alleged her for illegally undergoing “administration punishment”.

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