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China retaliates in Huawei row by detaining two Canadians

China retaliates in Huawei row by detaining two Canadians

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China has confirmed that it has detained two Canadian men in what appears to be retaliation for the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer. Entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody on Monday, said foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang.He said they were being detained on suspicion of "endangering national security". Image: Michael Kovrig is also in custody in China Canada has been informed of the detentions, said the spokesman, but declined to say whether the men have been given lawyers.The arrests raise the stakes in an international dispute that further threatens relations.It follows Meng Wanzhou's arrest in Canada on 1 December at the request of the US. ...
Canadian Michael Spavor missing in China

Canadian Michael Spavor missing in China

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Canada says it is trying to make contact with a second Canadian being investigated by China on suspicion of harming its national security. News that businessman Michael Spavor was missing emerged soon after the arrest of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig.Tension between China and Canada has grown since it arrested a Chinese businesswoman at the request of the US.Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer at telecoms giant Huawei, could face extradition as a consequence.She is suspected of violating US sanctions on Iran through Huawei's business dealings.China has threatened unspecified consequences if she is not released. Who are the two Canadians? Michael Spavor is a businessman based in Dandong, near the Chinese border with North Korea. He...
China hits out at US over 'egregious' arrest of Huawei boss

China hits out at US over 'egregious' arrest of Huawei boss

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China has summoned the US ambassador in Beijing as it lodged "strong protests" over the detention of a Chinese technology executive in Canada. Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of smartphone giant Huawei, was arrested on 1 December while changing planes in Vancouver.She is the daughter of Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei and the growing row between the US and China over the case destabilised global stock markets last week as share prices suffered big falls.Chinese foreign minister Le Yucheng has "lodged solemn representations and strong protests" with US ambassador Terry Branstad, according to the Xinhua news agency. Image: US ambassador Terry Edward Branstad (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) in September 20...

U.S., China meeting at G20 summits goes 'well'

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Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A dinner meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Saturday during the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires appeared to have gone well, but neither side gave away any details. Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council under Trump, said the meeting had gone "very well," in limited remarks, according to the {link:BBC News. : "https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46413196" target="_blank"} According to China's state-run Xinhua News Agency, Xi said he was glad that me meet Trump and was looking forward to sharing more views "on issues of common concern." Xi reported added that he believed cooperation was the best option for both countries. Xi said earlier that he believes the leaders of the world's two largest economies "have good ...
AP Exclusive: First gene-edited babies claimed in China

AP Exclusive: First gene-edited babies claimed in China

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A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics. A U.S. scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes. Many mainstream scientists think it's too unsafe to try, and some denounced the Chinese report as human experimentation. The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, said he altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting thus far. He said his goal was not to cu...