Relations between China and Canada nosedived after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou in December. File photo/ AFP
Chinese police have detained a Canadian citizen in relation with a drugs case involving students, China’s foreign ministry said on Monday, an incident that comes amid a deep chill in relations between the two countries.
Canada’s government said on the weekend that a Canadian citizen had been detained in the Chinese city of Yantai in the eastern province of Shandong, though did not provide details.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Shandong police had recently discovered a case of foreign students being involved with drugs, one of whom was Canadian.
The case was being processed, he added, without elaborating.
The issue was nothing to do with another drugs case involving foreigners in Jiangsu province, Geng said.
The British embassy said last week that four British citizens had been arrested in Jiangsu.
Relations between China and Canada nosedived last December after police in the city of Vancouver detained Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co, on a US arrest warrant. Beijing is demanding her return.
After Meng’s arrest, China detained two Canadians, accusing them of involvement in stealing state secrets.
The Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong said on Friday it has suspended travel to mainland China for local staff, just days after an employee of the city’s British Consulate was confirmed
US President Donald Trump and the leaders of the other G-7 countries, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada as well as the European Union were expected to discuss the spread of trade disputes, notably the US trade war with China.
China arrested Kovrig, a former diplomat, and fellow Canadian Michael Spavor in December 2018, soon after Canadian police detained Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech company Huawei Technologies, on a US warrant.
China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday urged the re-elected Canadian government to immediately release detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Geng Shuang, a spokesman at the ministry, made the comment at a regular press briefing.
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