The arrest of a third Canadian citizen in China doesn't seem to be related to the case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Canada at the request of US authorities earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday.
A spokesperson from Global Affairs Canada said they are aware of a Canadian citizen who has been detained in China, but did not provide any more information for privacy reasons.
The national body that markets Canada as a tourist destination is halting new advertisements in China as tensions heat up following the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co.'s finance chief, according to CBC News. He said the US has been "very patient" waiting to see if China would change its approach, but so far it hasn't.
No link has officially been made between the cases, but suspicions are mounting that China is holding at least two of the Canadian nationals in retaliation.
"Consular officials are providing assistance to the family", she said. The Canadian government did not reveal the individual's identity or why the person had been detained.
"Canadians understand that even though political posturing might be satisfactory in the short term to make yourself feel like you're stomping on a table and doing something significant, it may not directly contribute to the outcome we all want", he said.
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Meng has been released on bail as she awaits an extradition hearing, though she has been ordered to remain in Canada in the meantime.
Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, faces USA fraud charges of "conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions". Kevin and Julia Garratt were detained in China at the time and held for more than two years in the case of former. China has demanded her immediate release, accusing Canada and the USA of conspiring together for political reasons and undermining Meng's "human rights".
But the third Canadian detained doesn't seem to fit the pattern of the two previous ones, with no national security charges listed, Trudeau said.
"Huawei has been working with Canadian operators on a number of pre-commercial trials in the lead up to 5G", said Scott Bradley, a spokesman for Huawei Canada. The Chinese government had warned Canada of "grave consequences" if Ms Meng was not released.