Michael Kovrig Wiki: Michael Kovrig is an ex-Canadian diplomat who previously worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, and for the UN in New York. Michael Kovrig is an international policy analyst and strategist “at the intersection of communication, politics, economics and global security.”
Since early 2017 Michael Kovrig had been working for the International Crisis Group – which focuses on conflict reduction research – as a senior adviser for North East Asia.
Michael Kovrig visit to Hong Kong has reportedly been arrested in China.
Michael Kovrig’s detention comes after police in Canada arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei on 1 December at the request of US authorities, a move that infuriated Beijing.
It was not immediately clear if the cases were related, but the arrest of Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver has stoked fears of reprisals against the foreign business community in China.
Why was the Canadian diplomat detained in China?
The reason for the detention remains unclear and was first reported by Reuters, which quoted two unnamed sources.
The detention came days after Canadian authorities arrested a top executive of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Vancouver – an arrest made at the request of the US.
Many fear this is revenge, with some predicting the Chinese would arrest foreign businessman operating within China as a tit-for-tat move.
Neither the International Crisis Group, Canadian Embassy, or Chinese government have come forward with a reason for the detention as of yet.
In his biography on the think tank’s website, he is quoted as saying: “US-China relations have deteriorated to their worst point since the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in Beijing.