Who are Canadian Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, why were they arrested2021-10-01         Follow @huaweinewos Tweet to @huaweinewos
Why have Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig arrested in China? Why were Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig indicted and why were they released? Is there any connection to Huwei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Canada. Is it a coincidence that Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were arrested on December 10, 2018, a few days after Meng Wanzhou was arrested on December 1, 2018? There are many questions in mind.
We all know why Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were arrested in China and Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada. The trade war between the two great powers is hurting a large industry and hundreds of thousands of people working in the industry, not only with Huwei CFO Meng Wanzhou and Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.
How wrong we find Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and detention for more than 1000 days for unproven reasons. It is not right for Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig to be detained in China for unproven reasons. At the request of the USA, a few days after Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were arrested in China, as well as the release of everyone in the same period, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig fully retaliated against the USA and Canada interpreted as.
Those arrested in Canada and China were arrested for similar reasons, but none of them were presented with clear evidence to the media. Just as Canada was wrong in arresting Meng Wanzhou, China was wrong in arresting Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.
Who are Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor
About Michael Kovrig
He was born in 1972. For more than a decade he worked as a Canadian diplomat at the UN in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York. Advisor to Crisis Group for North East Asia since 2017. He has worked in twenty countries in total, including the UN Development Program in New York and four years in Kabul, Afghanistan. He also served as a China analyst at Rhodium Group. Speaking Mandarin Chinese, Michael holds a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University.
Specialties: China, South China Sea, North East Asian Security, United Nations, Global Governance, Multilateral Diplomacy
Languages Known: English, French and Mandarin Chinese
About Michael Spavor
Michael Peter Todd Spavor; He was born in 1976. He is the director and founding member of Paektu Cultural Exchange, an NGO that facilitates sports, cultural, tourism and business exchanges covering North Korea. He is also a Canadian consultant. He has a degree from the University of Calgary in international relations, focusing on the Korean Peninsula and East Asian Studies, and has studied International Trade and Political Science at Kangwon National University in South Korea.
Spavor’s ties with North Korea go back to at least 2001, when he first visited the country. In 2005, he became the managing director of a Vancouver-based NGO and spent six months working as a teacher at an affiliated school in Pyongyang. In the same year, he met American defector James Joseph Dresnok in Pyongyang. Spavor is friends with Kenji Fujimoto, Kim Jong-il’s Japanese former sushi chef, whom he first met in Japan in early 2016 and again in April 2016.
In South Korea, Spavor attended Kangwon National University and worked for the Korea Tourism Organization and Seoul Tourism Organization. He also was a council member of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch from 2010 to 2013, giving lectures and leading cultural excursions. He gained attention for restoring and living in a hanok in Bugahyeon-dong in western Seoul, and appeared in a music video for the K-pop group SES.
From 2010 to 2013 Spavor worked for the Pyongyang Project, a Canadian non-profit that organized educational exchanges in North Koreans and provided scholarships for North Korean students overseas, and in 2015 he founded Paektu Cultural Exchange.
Spavor has strong personal ties with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. In September 2013, Spavor facilitated the second visit of Dennis Rodman to North Korea and became one of the few Westerners to have met Kim while in the city of Wonsan. Spavor later organized Rodman’s 2014 visit. Spavor has been involved in the financial development of Wonsan, which is a high priority for Kim Jong-un, who has invested at least $150 million into the city.
Languages Known: North Korean dialect, French, Korean
(Michael Spavor Information taken from wikipedia)