The third Canadian national arrested in China in less than two weeks is a woman accused of working illegally in the country, said Thursday the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Canadian, named Sarah McIver, is liable to “administrative sanctions”, told the press the spokesman of the Ministry, Hua Chunying, without further details.
According to the National Post , which revealed the arrest of a third Canadian national, Ms. McIver is a teacher from the province of Alberta (West). Preparations are underway for his repatriation, the newspaper adds.
Ottawa confirmed the detention Wednesday on the grounds that there was no connection to the arrest in Canada of an official of the Chinese group Huawei, followed by that of two Canadians in China, prosecuted for “threat to national security “.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Ms. McIver’s case seems less serious than that of her two compatriots: she is detained by a public security bureau (local police) and not by the security of State.
Former diplomat Michael Kovrig, an employee of the International Crisis Group (ICG), and Michael Spavor, a consultant who is frequently in contact with North Korea, were both arrested on 10 December.
For many observers, their detention is a pressure tactic on Ottawa in the Huawei case.
Beijing has not been angry with Canada since the arrest in early December in Vancouver of the financial director of telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, at the request of US justice.
The daughter of the Chinese giant’s founder, Ms. Meng was released on bail last week while waiting for her extradition hearing to the United States, who is suspected of complicity in fraud to circumvent US sanctions against Iran. .
Beijing threatened Ottawa with “serious consequences” if she was not released immediately.