Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive

U.S. State Department Issues Travel Advisory for China Due to ‘Exit Bans’		AFP  Getty 3 Jan 2019

It said that the Chinese government "uses exit bans coercively: To compel United States citizens to participate in Chinese government investigations, to lure individuals back to China from overseas and to aid Chinese authorities in resolving civil disputes in favour of Chinese parties".

The warning did not mention Meng or the Chinese nationals arrested in the United States on espionage allegations.

The advisory by the U.S. warned of so-called exit bans which prohibit foreign citizens from leaving China, the New York Times reported.

The US State Department has urged Americans to "exercise increased caution" when travelling to China after a spate of high-profile detentions.

Amid heightened tensions, the United States of America has issued a new travel warning to its citizens taking trips to China.

In addition, the State Department claims that China uses exit bans coercively to compel US citizens to participate in Chinese government investigations, to lure individuals back to China from overseas and aid Chinese authorities in resolving civil disputes in favor of Chinese parties. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng's arrest.

Regarding a very slight number of foreigners suspected of violating laws and committing crimes in China, the Chinese authorities have always impartially handled cases in accordance with the law, and safeguarded their legal rights and interests, he added.

"Beijing hopes that Washington would contribute more towards building mutual trust and exchanges between two countries, instead of doing the opposite", he added.

This after a Huawei CFO, who awaits extradition to the US for misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran violating sanctions against that country, is out on bail and living in her Vancouver mansion. Diplomatic tension between Canada and China has intensified since Meng's arrest on December 1.

China's foreign ministry says Kovrig and Spavor have been detained on suspicion of "endangering national security". Eight of them have since been released.

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.

Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Co Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested last month in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

The pair face accusations of harming national security.

January 3: In a press conference, China's prosecutor general Zhang Jun says Kovrig and Spavor "without a doubt" violated Chinese law.

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