Bank officials did not say if the training — which cost $3,720 — included advice on avoiding arrest, according toBlacklock’s Reporter.
Seminars for staff at the bank’s Montreal office offered “training on Chinese business context and practices,” around the same time as Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, two Canadian consultants working in Beijing, were arrested there.
In November, former Canadian ambassador to China, John McCallum, told the Special Commons Committee on Canada-China Relations that he felt there was no question the Canadians’ arrests were retaliatory. However, he could not confirm that this had ever been acknowledged in his presence by Chinese authorities.
China’s foreign ministry was not happy with Canada after a House of Commons subcommittee reported that the treatment of Uighurs, a Muslim minority, was genocide. The Uighur people have been kept in camps and subjected to forced labour, rape and population control, according to the committee, all aimed at eradicating, “their culture and religion.”