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Second Canadian missing in China

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Second Canadian missing in China

Canada's Foreign Ministry says another Canadian has gone missing in China, signaling the latest in growing tensions between the two nations since the arrest of a Chinese executive in Vancouver.

Grace Lee reports.

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Second Canadian missing in China

Canada's top diplomat says there's a second Canadian who might be in trouble in China.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND SAYING: "He was being asked questions by Chinese authorities." Michael Spavor, seen here with Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang, runs cultural exchanges with North Korea out of China.

According to China's government news site, he's being investigated for of "harming China's national security." Canadian officials say he had reached out to the Canadian government earlier, but they've since lost touch.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND SAYING: "We are working very hard to ascertain his whereabouts." That announcement on Wednesday (December 12) signals the latest in growing tensions between the two nations, which started with the arrest of a Chinese executive in Vancouver.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was seen leaving a Canadian courtroom Tuesday (December 11).

She was released on bail, after being detained for over a week but still faces possible extradition to the U.S. That same day, Canada confirmed one of its citizens, a former diplomat, was detained in China.

In a Thursday editorial, Chinese state media urged Canada to defy the U.S. and grant unconditional freedom to Meng.

The U.S. Justice Department accuses her of misleading multinational banks about transactions linked to Iran, potentially violating U.S. sanctions.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters this week, President Trump said he would intervene with the Justice Department on her case if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with Beijing.

But in Wednesday's press conference, Canada warned the U.S. not to politicize the extradition case.




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