OTTAWA – Global Affairs Canada says the founder of a non-profit that organizes cultural-exchange trips to North Korea is the second Canadian to go missing in China in recent days.
A spokesman for the federal agency says Michael Spavor “is presently missing in China,” after he was questioned by Chinese authorities.
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The news comes just days after state security in China rounded up Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat who’s on leave from his job.
That move escalated a tense diplomatic dispute between the two countries stemming from the arrest in Vancouver of a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei.
The website for Paektu Cultural Exchange — the organization Spavor founded — says he’s originally from Calgary.
It says he organized Dennis Rodman’s visits to North Korea in 2013 and 2014, when he became friends with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.