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Identity of second Canadian missing in China confirmed

Last Updated Dec 12, 2018 at 7:03 pm PDT

File Photo: Michael Spavor (Source: Twitter)

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.

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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.