A former Canadian diplomat now working for the International Crisis Group in China is missing in China, according to his employer, news that could further complicate an already tense diplomatic standoff over the arrest of a senior Chinese tech executive in Vancouver last week.
Michael Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat posted to Beijing. Since February 2017, he was been working for the International Crisis Group, covering security issues across northeast Asia. He frequently spoke to the media about his research, including The Washington Post.
“International Crisis Group is aware of reports that its North East Asia Senior Adviser, Michael Kovrig, has been detained in China,” the think tank said in a statement.
“We are doing everything possible to secure additional information on Michael’s whereabouts as well as his prompt and safe release,” it added.
It is not yet clear whether Kovrig’s case is connected in any way to the diplomatic standoff between Canada and China over the arrest of a senior Chinese tech executive.