A Canadian teacher who was detained in China amid frosty relations between the two countries has been released and returned to Canada, media reports say.
Teacher Sarah McIver, from Alberta, was held earlier this month for “unlawfully working in China”.
The news was confirmed by the Global Affairs Canada that a Canadian citizen had been released, but did not name the person.
McIver’s detention followed that of two other Canadians. They are still being held.
China and Canada both said McIver’s case was different from the other two. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor face accusations of harming national security.
The detentions came amid a dispute between Canada and China following the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou earlier this month.
It can be recalled that Meng was held at the request of US prosecutors and faces extradition on charges of violating sanctions on Iran. She denies the allegations.
“Global Affairs can confirm that a Canadian citizen, who was detained in China this month, has been released and has now returned to Canada,” spokesman Richard Walker said.
“Due to the provisions under the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed.”
China has denied that they have connection of abducted the two men.
Meanwhile, some analysts sees the release as tit-for-tat action.