National Post: Canada leads multilateral move to fight China’s “hostage diplomacy”
Sat November, 2020, Age: 3 years
Canada’s foreign minister has told the Canada-China parliamentary committee that Canada will be taking the lead on a multilateral initiative to address China’s “hostage diplomacy” following the arrest of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to Beijing, has said that like-minded countries could agree that such hostage-taking by China (or another country) could trigger automatic sanctions, to be applied by all signatory nations. Countries that have spoken out publicly against the detention of Kovrig and Spavor, and who might be expected to join any concerted effort, include the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, France, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Spain.