By: Chung Yu-chen
Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) A group of 57 scholars from around the world issued an open letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday in which they said that in the wake of the detention of three Canadian citizens in China, Canada should draw from Taiwan’s experience with Chinese government interference.
Two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are currently detained in China for what many analysts believe is revenge for the detention in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, a top Chinese telecom executive.
Another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, was handed the death penalty Jan. 14 for alleged drug trafficking.
The 57 scholars, who specialize in Taiwan studies or who have observed cross-Taiwan Strait relations for decades, said China is playing hostage diplomacy with Canada.