China Arrests Third Canadian Citizen As Feud Worsens

Three days after warning Canada about “escalation” and “grave consequences” amid a worsening diplomatic crisis, China has arrested a third Canadian national, according to Canada’s National Post, which cited a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, the international arm of the Canadian government. No further details were provided, other than saying the Canadian government was “aware of a Canadian citizen” being detained.

Global Affairs diplomatically refused to connect this third arrest to the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver earlier this month. The executive, the daughter of one of China’s most successful businessmen, was released on bail last week.

The Canadian government hasn’t learned much about the whereabouts or the circumstances of the detention of Kovrig and Spavor, as Beijing has refused to elaborate on the charges facing the two men (beyond threatening national security, presumably by being Canadian) and hasn’t released any information about where they are being held. But if they haven’t gotten the message already, any Canadians lingering on the Mainland should probably take the hint: Get out.

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