Third Canadian arrest 'doesn't fit patterns' of previous two: Trudeau

Third Canadian detained in China - report

Third Canadian detained in China - report

A third Canadian citizen has been detained in China, according to Global Affairs Canada, the country's foreign ministry.

Security experts and analysts have said that if the federal government imposes a ban on Huawei prohibiting the company from building Canada's new 5G network, it will not have any major financial impact on the country's top telecom companies who are partnering with the Chinese firm, CBC News is reporting.

"Far from being secretive, Michael's work was open for all to see, Chinese officials first and foremost", ICG president and CEO Robert Malley has said in a statement, referring to the detainee's past and present roles.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had on Wednesday urged caution and said he would not be "stomping on a table" after China detained the third Canadian.

Sources cited by the National Post said the third detainee was not a diplomatic official, nor an entrepreneur operating in China.

The office did not suggest the arrest was linked to the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on December 1, who was held by Canadian authorities at the request of USA officials.

Mr Trudeau said he was asking China for more information on the detentions but said the latest incident was "a very separate case" from the other two.

Third Canadian detained in China - report

"We're going to continue to defend (the Canadians who were detained), to stand up for them, to ask for more information on the charges being brought forward, or the reasons for detention, and we will continue to engage on a case-by-case basis in a thoughtful way on any consular cases that come up", Trudeau said. "It serves as a reminder for people that China is a detention state".

A spokesperson for Canada's foreign ministry confirmed the detention, but declined to offer further details other than that they are providing assistance to the family, The Globe and Mail reported.

David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said it would be highly unusual if the third arrest is a coincidence. She is awaiting extradition proceedings in Canada as she is wanted for fraud by the USA.

If China is indeed scrutinizing existing visas, O'Toole said Ottawa should post a new travel advisory to alert Canadians. She has been released on bail. Meng was arrested at the request of USA officials and released on bail pending extradition proceedings.

Trudeau said the Five Eyes alliance includes countries that have banned Huawei - Australia, New Zealand and the US - but also countries like the United Kingdom and Canada that have allowed their telecom industry to use Huawei equipment.

President Donald Trump told Reuters last week that he would personally intervene in the Meng case if it would benefit US national security or help close a trade deal with China.

They were both detained on Dec 10.

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