The Canadian federal government said on Thursday, that thirteen Canadian citizen – ten public figures, have been detained in China since December 2018, since Canada has arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request by the United States.
According to news reports, the global affairs Canada on Thursday, said the most of its citizens detained in China since December 1 were no longer in custody.
In an official statement, spokesperson Guillaume Bérubé said: “We can confirm that at least eight have been released.”
In a statement, the Canadian government stated the 13 detention included Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver, and “at least” eight of those had been since released.
Kovrig, a former diplomat and Spavor, a businessman, has been detained last month in Beijing by its authority over the suspicion of endangered Chinese national security. McIver, a school teacher, was also detained over a visa matter but then subsequently released by the Chinese authority. There were reports that has confirmed the detention of Spavor and Kovrig were tied to the arrest of Huawei’s CFO.
Prior to statement on Thursday, the detention of three Canadian citizens were only publicly disclosed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang did not further released any details about the other detention in China during a news conference in Beijing on Friday, but have said China was fully ruled by its law and it was protecting the legal rights of foreigners.
Kang said: “We have said here that these two Canadian citizens are under investigation in accordance with law for engaging in activities that undermine China’s national security.” He said, “It is not convenient to disclose more information now.”