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Newsline: Canadian embassy says trial of Chinese-Canadian tycoon begins in China

Canadian-Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua is standing trial on Monday, Ottawa’s embassy in Beijing said in a statement, after the businessman disappeared from a Hong Kong hotel in 2017. Global Affairs Canada is aware that a trial in the case of Canadian citizen, Mr. Xiao Jianhua, will take place on July 4, 2022,” the embassy told AFP, without specifying the location of the trial or charges against him. “Canadian consular officials are monitoring this case closely, providing consular services to his family and continue to press for consular access.” (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/trial-of-chinese-canadian-tycoon-who-disappeared-in-2017-begins-in-china/ar-AAZaGAe) Xiao, who is a Canadian citizen, disappeared from Hong Kong’s Four Seasons hotel in January 2017, with local media reporting that he was snatched by mainland Chinese agents.

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