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China detains third Canadian citizen after Huawei CFO's arrest: Report

The recent detentions of two Canadians have raised suspicions that Beijing is holding them in retaliation for Meng's December 1 arrest

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A third Canadian citizen has been detained in China, a Canadian newspaper reported Wednesday, amid a diplomatic spat between and over the arrest of a Chinese

Canada's foreign ministry said it was "aware of a Canadian citizen" having been detained, according to the National Post, which cited a

The did not provide further details and did not suggest that the detention was linked to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the report said.

Chinese told a regular press briefing that she had "not heard" about the reported detention.

The recent detentions of two Canadians has raised suspicions that is holding them in retaliation for Meng's December 1 arrest, though no link has officially been made between the cases.

Meng was released on bail last week in pending a US extradition hearing on US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking business dealings with

has accused the other detainees -- former Canadian and China-based -- of activities "that endanger China's national security".

They were both detained on December 10.

Kovrig is a Hong Kong-based at the Crisis Group think tank, while Spavor facilitates trips to and helped former star Dennis Rodman travel to the neighbouring country.

has threatened with "grave consequences" if Meng is not freed and Chinese state-run media has lashed out at the arrest, saying it was politically motivated.

has repeatedly said the arrest was not political but rather a judicial process in keeping with an extradition treaty with

First Published: Wed, December 19 2018. 14:55 IST