It sure smells like a hostage-taking. 1) a Canadian, 2) in China, 3) Huawei CFO in custody in Vancouver facing extradition to the United States for allegedly violating US sanctions against Iran.
The hostage is Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat now with the International Crisis Group.
“International Crisis Group is aware of reports that its north-east Asia senior adviser, Michael Kovrig, has been detained in China,” the thinktank said in a statement.
“We are doing everything possible to secure additional information on Michael’s whereabouts as well as his prompt and safe release,” it added.
China’s foreign ministry and ministry of public security did not respond immediately to questions faxed earlier about Kovrig’s detention.
The exact reason for the detention was not immediately clear.China has been demanding Canada release Huawei's Meng Wanzhou or face reprisals. This sure sounds like reprisal.