Canada also has asked China for extra security at its embassy because of protests and anti-Canadian sentiment and has advised foreign service staff to take precautions, a senior Canadian official told reporters.
Kovrig had carried out research on China's diplomatic ties to North Korea in his work on security issues for the ICG, a think-tank focusing on conflict resolution.
"In this case, it is clear the Chinese government wants to put maximum pressure on the Canadian government", Guy Saint-Jacques, the former Canadian ambassador to Beijing, said.
Ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig now works for a think-tank, the International Crisis Group (ICG), which has said it is concerned for his health and safety. Other photos show him with both Kim Jong Un and National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman.
There is little doubt that this was in retaliation for the arrest in Canada last week of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese technology company Huawei. Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder, was granted bail on December 11th, 2018 with the judge listing various rules as part of her bail.
Canada's ambassador met in Beijing Friday with a detained former diplomat for the first time since he was arrested in China amid sharpening East-West tensions over trade and other issues.
Mr Lu said Ms Meng's arrest was "wrong practice", adding: "I can point out that, since the Canadian government took the wrong action at the request of the USA and took Meng Wanzhou into custody, many Chinese are wondering if their trips to Canada are safe".
US government officials have been pressuring T-Mobile's German majority owner, Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE), to stop using Huawei equipment, the sources said, over concerns that Huawei is effectively controlled by the Chinese state and its network equipment may contain "back doors" that could enable cyber espionage, something which Huawei denies.
"Washington is using Canada in its trade battle with China", he said.
Spavor runs tours of North Korea along with other "cultural exchanges" and "business projects" via his company Paektu Cultural Exchange. Garratt's detention was seen as a tit-for-tat response to Canada's arrest of Chinese spy who was eventually extradited to the U.S.
"The unlawful detention of two Canadians is unacceptable, they ought to be returned", he said.
VANCOUVER/HONG KONGHuawei executive Meng Wanzhou, released on bail on Tuesday to await a ruling on US extradition at one of her luxury Vancouver homes, may have received welcome ammunition in court from an unlikely source - US President Donald Trump.
Freeland expressed deep concern over the Kovrig case and said a second unnamed man had called Canadian authorities to say Chinese officials were asking him questions.
And one-third of foreign students in Canada are Chinese.
The Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission must also approve the proposed deal between the third and fourth largest USA wireless carriers.
"That message has to be sent loudly and clearly by this government to the government of China".
CTV Calgary reached out to Global Affairs Canada about Spavor's arrest and in a statement, the agency said, it is aware that Spavor is missing in China. Opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said Trudeau isn't being forceful enough with the Chinese. If convicted, she faces more than 30 years in prison.
Trump's comments have "really complicated" the situation for Canada, according to Bild.
"And I believe it is obvious that democratic countries, such as our partner, the United States, do the same", she said.