The Latest: Canadian allegedly detained in China

The Latest on the arrest in Canada of Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou. (all times local):

11:51 a.m.

A former Canadian diplomat is reportedly under arrest in China.

The International Crisis Group said Tuesday it’s aware of reports that its North East Asia senior adviser Michael Kovrig has been detained.

Reports of Kovrig’s detention come after China warned Canada of consequences for its recent arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver’s airport. It’s unclear if there’s any link between the cases.

Yet former Canadian Liberal leader Bob Rae says the motivation for the arrest is clear. In a tweet, Rae calls it “repression and retaliation.”

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10:45 a.m.

China’s foreign minister is vowing to defend its citizens abroad as a Chinese executive arrested in Canada waits to see if she will be released on bail. Foreign Minister Wang Yi didn’t mention the executive, Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou. But a spokesman says the minister is referring to cases that included Meng’s. Meng was arrested Dec. 1 in Vancouver on U.S. charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.