Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei’s Co-Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested last month in Vancouver at the request of the United States.
Canada said in a statement that “at least” eight of the 13 individuals had been released. However, it did not disclose whether any charges were filed by China, reports Reuters.
The Canadian government has said that it sees no link between the arrest of Huawei’s CFO last month, and the detentions of these Canadian citizens, though it does seem like its a “tit-for-tat” thing for China here.
China has been demanding that Canada release Meng, and if they don’t, that there would be some consequences, though they did not specify what the consequences might be.
On December 1, the Canadian government arrested Meng during a layover at Vancouver airport.
Meng was eventually released on December 11, with bail set at $11 million CAD (about $7.4 million USD). She also must also wear an ankle monitor and stay at home from 11 PM to 6 AM, but she is able to stay at one of her two multi-million dollar homes in Vancouver.