USA issues new China travel warning amid detentions

07 January, 2019, 07:56 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • China insists detained Canadians ‘without a doubt’ broke security laws

A delegation of MPs and senators is heading to China this week, and the detention of two Canadians in the Asian nation is expected to be a major topic of discussion.

Meng faces extradition to the U.S. to face fraud charges, which she denies, linked to allegations of avoiding the USA sanctions on Iran.

The US State Department issued a warning on Thursday that officials in China "have asserted broad authority" to prevent US citizens from leaving the country and to beware of "arbitrary enforcement of local laws".

Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China following the arrest on December 1 of a senior executive from Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei, Ottawa said Thursday, with eight subsequently released.

Perhaps it is time to stop viewing this part of the world exclusively as the golden goose that will pad (or even save) the western economy, and instead for what it truly is: a region governed by the Communist Party of China, which has little regard for human rights in search of world domination.

China's foreign ministry says Kovrig and Spavor have been detained on suspicion of "endangering national security".

December 12: China's foreign ministry says it has no information about Kovrig, but says the organization he worked with - the International Crisis Group - was not registered in China, making its activities in the country illegal.

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"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", said foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang. She says Kovrig and Spavor's rights are being respected in custody. Meng's case comes up during a meeting between Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the two agreeing that no politics be injected into the extradition process.

It is the second time in a year that the State Department has issued a travel warning about China, the largest supplier of apparel to the United States.

"The message from Global Affairs Canada was that it was better that we go than not go", Cooper said.

Canada has called the detentions "deeply concerning" and "arbitrary", and demanded the immediate release of the two men.

The Chinese government has not drawn a direct link between the detention of any Canadian and Meng's arrest.

While Meng has had full access to lawyers and is able to see her family, Kovrig is being denied legal representation, isn't allowed to see family, and is limited to one consular visit a month, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

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