Canada says 13 citizens detained in China since Huawei CFO arrest

Canada says 13 citizens detained in China since Huawei CFO arrest

Canada says 13 citizens detained in China since Huawei CFO arrest

The new advisory notes that "Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit USA citizens from leaving China by using exit bans, sometimes keeping US citizens in China for years".

There are growing security concerns from many countries and those in the cyber-intelligence community regarding the use of Chinese telecom companies, which include Huawei and ZTE, because of possible ties to the Chinese communist regime.

An updated U.S. State Department notice warns that China sometimes arbitrarily detains U.S. citizens or prevents them from leaving the country.

"In most cases, United States citizens only become aware of the exit ban when they attempt to depart China, and there is no method to find out how long the ban may continue".

"People who do go to China, I'm hoping they will raise this with their interlocutors to make clear that it is hurting China's image in the world, and it's going to make it harder for some people who want to travel to China", Robert Malley, the Crisis Group's president and a former member of the USA national security council under president Barack Obama, said in an interview Thursday.

China's foreign ministry on Friday refuted a travel advisory issued by the United States, and said China always welcomes foreign citizens and protects their lawful rights. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng's arrest.

December 13: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accuses Trudeau of taking a "naive approach" to China, leaving Canada without "the leverage that we might otherwise have" to resolve the situation.

From January to November 2018, 2.3 million people traveled from the United States to China, said the spokesperson, adding that this meant 70 out of every 10,000 Americans visited China.

Victor and Cynthia Liu, who are the children of a fugitive businessman, and their mother, Sandra Han, have reportedly been detained since June.

August 22: A NY court issues a warrant for the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

US prosecutors have accused her of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating USA sanctions.

December 8: Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum, is summoned to a meeting with China's assistant foreign minister so the country can register complaints about Meng's arrest. Eight of them have since been released.

A group of Canadian lawmakers travelling to China this weekend will use the trip to push for the release of two Canadians detained there since last month, says a Conservative MP in the delegation.

The Chinese government has only given vague details about the detention of the two Canadians, and it has not drawn a direct link to Meng's arrest.

The pair face accusations of harming national security. Prior on Thursday, China's top prosecutor said the two Canadians had without a doubt.

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