After two Canadians had been detained since the initial arrest of Huawei's executive Meng Wanzhou, Global Affairs Canada has announced that yet another Canadian has been arrested. Bringing the total of arrests in China since Meng Wanzhou's own arrest in early December to three.
In contrast to the prior two arrests, both Global Affairs Canada and Canadian officials are declining to offer any information about the Canadian who has been detained and why it has happened. A spokesperson for Global Affairs told CBC that the organization is "aware of a Canadian citizen detained in China. Consular officials are providing assistance to the family."
As of now, Canadian officials are not publicly connecting this latest arrest with the recent tension between Canada and China after Meng Wanzhou was detained at a Vancouver airport. Though Canadians are still being warned by the Government of Canada to "exercise a high degree of caution at all times" if they are travelling to or are currently in China.
In response to the prior arrests, the team in charge of marketing Canada as a potential tourist spot in China, Destination Canada, have decided to halt all current advertisements. The team told CBC News that they would "temporarily pause or postpone current marketing efforts in China." These efforts primarily consisted of winter-themed activities in Canada that were promoted on Chinese social media platforms.
The lack of advertisements paired with Chinese residents' clear motive to support their country by boycotting Canadian companies could spell trouble for Canadian tourism. Especially considering that China is the biggest tourist source for the Northwest Territories.