tirsdag 28. september 2021

Canada and China in heated spat at UN over allegations of hostage diplomacy

A heated back-and-forth between China and Canada kicked off in the final hours of the UN General Assembly Monday, after Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau referenced the "two Michaels" recently released from detention in China.

Garneau suggested Canadian nationals Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were imprisoned by the Chinese government in retaliation for Canada's treatment of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. On Friday, Meng was allowed to leave Canada after she reached a deal with the US Department of Justice over allegations of fraud for which she was detained in December 2018. "Canada observed the rule of law, and two Canadian citizens paid a heavy price for this commitment ... We continue to oppose the way these two fine people were treated," he said.

In keeping Meng under house arrest, Ottawa had "applied both Canadian and international law in response to a request for extradition of a Chinese citizen," Garneau said.