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Canada says ex-diplomat Spavor missing after being questioned in China

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Canada is aware of another case involving a Canadian man in China who faced questioning by Chinese authorities and whose whereabouts are unknown at this time, the country’s foreign minister said Wednesday.

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Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland revealed these details at a news conference in the nation’s capital, where she and government officials offered an update on the next steps in the extradition process of Huawei Technologies Co. finance chief Meng Wanzhou.

She also answered questions on what officials know about the detention in Beijing of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig.

“We are aware of a Canadian who got in touch with us because he was being asked questions by Chinese authorities,” Freeland said. “We have not been able to make contact with him since he let us know.”

Late Wednesday, Canadian officials identified the man as Michael Spavor. Spavor, 43 years old, has led academic, tourist and business delegations to North Korea through his nonprofit, Paektu Cultural Exchange. Calls to Spavor’s mobile phone numbers didn’t go through. He was most recently active on social media on Monday, when he said on Facebook and Twitter that he would be traveling to Seoul that day.


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