Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are not the first to be held hostage by Beijing. It is time for liberal democracies to come together to show China significant consequences for such actions, writes Margaret McCuaig-Johnston in the National Post. Below is an excerpt from the article which can be read in full here.
By Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, December 4, 2020
In 2013, former British journalist and corporate investigator Peter Humphrey was detained and forced to make televised confessions.
Swedish activist Peter Dahlin was detained for 23 days in 2016, forced to confess, and then expelled from China, as were British and French activists. The previous year, Swedish publisher Gui Minhai and U.K. bookseller Lee Bo were kidnapped in Thailand and Hong Kong respectively, taken to China, forced to replace their citizenships with Chinese, and are still incarcerated there. Similarly, in 2017, Chinese-Canadian billionaire Xiao Jianhua was kidnapped in Hong Kong and is still detained in China.