A Canadian national is undergoing "administrative punishment" for working illegally, China's Foreign Ministry has stated. There is clear consular communication between Canada and China, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.
Earlier this month, Chinese authorities detained ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor on charges of threatening national security.
Ties between Canada and China soured after Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of its founder, was arrested on 1 December on suspicion of failing to comply with the US sanctions against Iran. She is facing extradition. The move was slammed by Beijing which called on Ottawa to release the official.