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State security officers seized Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat on leave from the foreign service, in Beijing on Monday, in relation to a national security investigation. The arrest comes nine days after Canada’s capture of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities...

Canada has repeatedly avoided directly linking the Kovrig and Meng cases...

Other analysts argue the timing of the ex-diplomat’s seizure suggests a motive. “It’s hard to avoid linking the two events and suspecting that Chinese government did this for retaliation,” Alex He, a research fellow for the Waterloo-based Centre for International Governance...

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