China confirms arrest of second Canadian in escalating spat

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In this image made from a video taken on March 28, 2018, North East Asia senior adviser Michael Kovrig speaks during an interview in Hong Kong.

Robert Long and Ada Yu hold signs in favor of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou outside her bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver on December 11. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States.

"In the cases of Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor our immediate concern has been to get consular access to them and to understand what the charges are being put on them by the Chinese authorities", Freeland said.

The Canadian foreign ministry identified the second Canadian as Michael Spavor, a China-based business consultant who facilitates trips to North Korea, met with its leader Kim Jong Un and famously arranged some of retired National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman's visits there. He has also introduced some of his guests to Kim Jong Un, and once shared a photo of himself and the North Korean leader during a 2013 meeting aboard a yacht.

A US -based friend of his told Reuters that Spavor was involved in a few projects in North Korea, including sporting exchanges and trying to broker investment, though given United Nations sanctions that was a challenge.

The Canadians were arrested for what Beijing has said is suspicion of "harm to national security" - a phrase often used by Beijing when alleging espionage.

The following morning, Ms Meng was spotted by AFP answering the front door of her Vancouver house to three visitors bringing flowers who arrived in a sedan with diplomatic plates.

USA officials accuse Meng of lying to banks about Huawei's control of a company based in Hong Kong that reportedly sold products to Iran.

Her arrest has infuriated China, which called it "extremely bad".

Canada has also been able to grab a bigger slice of China's wheat and soybean market as the Asian nation feuds with the U.S. Soybean shipments have almost doubled to 1 million tons between August and October while wheat exports rose 97 per cent to 397,200 tons, Canadian Grain Commission data show.

Canada-China relations are being tested after China's spy agency detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig on Monday in Beijing.

US President Donald Trump blurred the line between political and judicial matters on Tuesday when he told Reuters he would consider intervening in Meng's case if the move would benefit ongoing trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing.

The suggestion Meng could be a political pawn makes the situation more awkward for Canada.

But the Canadian prime minister has said little since news of this week's arrests became public.

Others also questioned whether Trump might be misusing the extradition request.

The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint still has to be approved by the U.S. Justice Department and FCC.

Deutsche Telekom, Europe's largest telecoms company, on Friday said it was reviewing its vendor plans in Germany and other European markets where it operates, given the debate on the security of Chinese network gear.

USA regulators planned to bar it from receiving US components that it depended on, effectively a corporate death sentence.

"When the US stepped back, China stepped up (on battling greenhouse gases)", McKenna told reporters this week from the United Nations climate change summit in Poland.

Trump restored access after ZTE agreed to pay a $1 billion fine, change its board and executives and install a team of US-selected compliance managers.

Meanwhile, if the judge commits her for extradition, the minister must decide whether to issue a surrender order for her to be actually extradited. "Let's see where we go from there".

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