U.S. warns citizens of arbitrary action in China

U.S. warns citizens of arbitrary action in China

U.S. warns citizens of arbitrary action in China

The travel advisory follows the detention last month of two Canadians in China, which has accused them of harming China's security.

Backed by the USA and several European countries, Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland has repeated called for the immediate release of Kovrig and Spavor, whose arrests Ottawa has termed arbitrary.

Amid heightened tensions, the United States of America has issued a new travel warning to its citizens taking trips to China. She says Kovrig and Spavor's rights are being respected in custody.

The Chinese spokesperson said that Washington "used all kinds of excuses to erect barriers against Chinese citizens entering the US". She faces extradition to the U.S. to face fraud charges.

Lu's briefing, posted in English translation to the ministry's website, was one of two cryptic Chinese government media events that deepened the mystery surrounding the arrests of Kovrig and Spavor. The regime has demanded that Canada free her and threatened unspecified consequences if that doesn't happen.

December 12: China's foreign ministry says it has no information about Kovrig, but says the organization he worked with - the International Crisis Group - was not registered in China, making its activities in the country illegal. Canadian consular officials saw them once each in mid-December.

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"This doesn't shed much light", said Malley.

Malley said he won't speculate on why Kovrig was detained, only to say it has nothing to do with his work as an analyst for the Crisis Group.

"I and all the members of the delegation want to do whatever we can to play a constructive role to see the safe and speedy return of the two Canadians", Cooper said in an interview on CTV's Power Play. Global Affairs says the case has been ongoing for several years. The Wall Street Journal reports Chinese authorities took the odd measure of inviting a number of news outlets to the appeal.

In a statement, the Canadian government stated the 13 detention included Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver, and "at least" eight of those had been since released.

"Without a doubt, these two Canadian citizens in China violated our country's laws and regulations, and are now undergoing investigation according to procedure", Zhang Jun, China's prosecutor general, said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has repeatedly called on China to release the men. He says the investigation is also following the rule of law, but doesn't provide more details about the allegations.

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