A second Canadian missing in China is under investigation on suspicion of “engaging in activities that harm China’s national security”, state media has reported, as tensions over the arrest of an executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei intensify. Michael Spavor was “being investigated” by the Dandong city branch of China’s ministry of state security and the probe started on 10 December, according to a government news agency in northeastern Liaoning province. Spavor is based in China and facilitates trips to North Korea, according to the Canadian foreign ministry. He met its leader Kim Jong-un and famously arranged some of retired NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman’s visits there. Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, was detained by Chinese state security on Monday in Beijing, according to his employer, the International Crisis Group thinktank. After Kovrig was held, another Canadian citizen – later identified as Spavor – contacted officials, saying he had been questioned by Chinese authorities. He later went missing. “We have not been able to make contact with him since he let us know about this,” said Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. “We are working very hard to ascertain his whereabouts and we have also… Read full this story
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