China confirms arrest of second Canadian citizen
- 1 month ago
Another Canadian citizen has been detained in China following former diplomat Michael Kovrig’s arrest on Monday.
Both Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, whom has worked with North Korea are both been held under allegations of harming China’s state security.
Since early December the state security bureau of Dandong City has been investigating Spavor however it has not provided further details on what led to the investigation itself.
However, the reason may seem to be China’s displeasure at the arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou on request of the U.S., which Canadian political experts have played down but refuse to believe Beijing’s claims that Kovrig and Spavor’s arrests are not linked.
China pointed that Kovrig may have broken laws on management of non-governmental organizations as operative of the International Crisis Group (ICG).
Spavor is the head of Paektu Cultural Exchange, a non-profit organization which, as stated on its website, is “dedicated to facilitating sustainable cooperation, cross-cultural exchanges, activities, trade, and investment” with North Korea and stresses it has a non-political view while maintaining a wide range of contacts in the country.
He is also one of the few people to have personally met North Korea leader Kim-Jong Un and even acted as interpreter when the leader met with NBA legend Dennis Rodman.
Source: Smart Trend Team