China 'releases' Canadian teacher Sarah McIver

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In a statement to Daily Hive, Global Affairs spokesperson Richard Walker confirmed that the detention had taken place this month, but that the person has since been released and has returned to Canada.

Further testing tense relations, another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, is due to appear before a court in north-eastern China on Saturday on drugs charges.

Tensions between the two governments have been high since Canada's arrest of a high-ranking Chinese executive at the request of the United States this month, followed by China's detention of two Canadian citizens on suspicion of endangering state security.

"Global Affairs Canada has been following this case for several years and has been providing consular assistance to the Canadian citizen since they were first detained in Liaoning, China".

Teacher Sarah McIver, from Alberta, was held earlier this month for "unlawfully working in China".

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McIver was the third Canadian to be detained by China following the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei on December 1.

"They are airing it in public as a showcase of their power and potential to put pressure on Canada", she said.

China has demanded Canada free Ms Meng, who is fighting extradition to the United States, where she would face fraud charges that carry a maximum sentence of 30-years jail for each charge. "We're not going to get the benefit of doubt and the penalties may be more severe", he said.

The Canadian PressMichael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. There have been reports that he has been treated harshly in China, forbidden to turn off the lights at night and questioned every morning, afternoon and evening. "I think Chinese authorities are trying to show the world that, 'Look, see, this is potentially another Canadian in our hands that we can apply pressure on you.' But it could mean nothing more than that".

Spavor has run an organization called the Paektu Cultural Exchange, promoting business and cultural ties with North Korea. He helped arrange basketball star Dennis Rodman's visit to the isolated country in 2014.

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