Professor Sarah McIver, third Canadian arrested in China

Professor Sarah McIver, third Canadian arrested in China

Professor Sarah McIver is the third person of Canadian nationality detained by Chinese authorities since Canada arrested Huawei's financial director, Meng Wanzhou, according to Canadian media reports.

McIver was working in China as a teacher and, according to Canadian media, was arrested by the Chinese authorities due to problems with her visa to stay in the country.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today during a press conference that McIver's case "appeared" to be different from the other two previously arrested: ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor.

According to Trudeau, this detention does not seem to be related to Chinese national security, as if it happened to Kovrig and Spavor.

Canadian media reported that Ottawa would be making efforts to get McIver home as soon as possible.

Trudeau, precisely, argued that the Canadian authorities have not criticized China publicly despite the arrest of its citizens in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese executive, to avoid aggravating their situation in China.

"Sometimes, politicizing or amplifying the level of public discourse may be satisfactory in the short term, but it will not contribute to the result we all want, which is that Canadians are safe," Trudeau explained.

Canada and China are embroiled in a diplomatic conflict since Meng's December 1 arrest when he stopped in Vancouver.

Meng was arrested at the request of the United States, which wants to request her extradition on a charge of alleged fraud to violate the sanctions imposed on Iran.


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