POST TIME: 12 December, 2018 01:31:52 AM
Canadian ex-diplomat ‘held in China’
BBC, London

Canadian ex-diplomat ‘held in China’

A former Canadian diplomat has reportedly been detained in China and his current employer says it is working for his "prompt and safe release".

The International Crisis Group said it was "aware of reports" of Michael Kovrig's detention. Details are not yet clear. The news comes days after Canadian authorities arrested a top executive of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Vancouver.

It is not known if there is a link between the two cases.

Tensions between Canada and China have been high over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter of its founder, on Saturday 1 December.

Kovrig had previously worked as a diplomat in Beijing, Hong Kong and at the UN in New York.

Canada's ministry of foreign affairs has not confirmed the report by Reuters news agency, which cited two unnamed sources.

Kovrig has been working since February 2017 as North East Asia senior advisor for the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank that focuses on conflict reduction research.