China says it has no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat

Mr Trump told the Reuters news agency that if he thinks it would be good for what will "certainly be the largest trade deal ever made" he would intervene if necessary. In a sworn affidavit, she said she is innocent and will contest the allegations against her at trial if she is surrendered to the United States.

Locked in a bitter trade war, Washington and Beijing earlier this month agreed to delay a planned January 1 increase in USA tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, allowing more time to negotiate over China's huge bilateral trade surplus and US complaints that it steals technology. She also agreed to wear a Global Positioning System tracking bracelet with a curfew that she should remain in her home between 11PM and 6AM every day.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also weighed in on the issue of Kovrig's detention.

However, Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada's former ambassador to China, asked by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp whether the Kovrig detention was a coincidence, said: "In China there are no coincidences ..."

Apart from detaining Kovrig, China seems to be unofficially targeting Canadian luxury outdoor-wear brand Canada Goose.

Her lawyer initially said that her husband, a Chinese national who spends time in Vancouver, could serve as her guarantor - a suggestion the judge and prosecutors did not appear to like.

The International Crisis Group think-tank said on Wednesday it had received no information from Chinese officials about the detention of its employee, former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, and that it was seeking consular access to him.

A B.C. judge released her on bail and under strict conditions late Tuesday afternoon after a three-day hearing.

Supporters of Meng Wanzhou outside the court in Vancouver. 11 Dec 2018
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Meng Wanzhou's lawyer argued Monday that the United States has a political and legal posture against China and Huawei.

Meng, 46, was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 at the request of American authorities. It began on Friday, six days after Meng's arrest.

A Canadian court granted Ms Meng bail on Tuesday.

"If they are not registered and their workers are in China undertaking activities, then that's already outside of, and breaking, the law, revised just a year ago, on the management of overseas non-governmental organisations operating in China", Lu said.

Kovrig's arrest comes barely 48 hours after China warned Canada of "consequences" if Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's Chief Financial officer was not immediately released.

After the news of the Wanzhou's release broke, President Trump indicated that the move - which is expected to placate angry Chinese officials - could be part of a broader trade deal with China.

In a practice highly unusual in Chinese tradition, she adopted her family name not from her father but her mother, Meng Jun, who was Mr Ren's first wife.

"The actions of the USA have seriously violated the legitimate and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and are extremely bad in nature", the South China Morning Post quoted China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng's statement to Branstad.

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