Relations between China and Canada have soured since Canada arrested a senior Huawei executive in compliance with a US arrest warrant in December [Fred Dufour/Reuters]

The Canadian consulate in Hong Kong has barred local staff from leaving the city on official business  following the detention of a British consulate worker in mainland China.

Announcing the travel restriction on Friday, Canada did not say whether it was related to the detention of Simon Cheng, who went missing two weeks ago from Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminal to Shenzhen, a mainland city just across the border from the semiautonomous territory.

“At present, locally engaged staff will not undertake official business travel outside of Hong Kong,” the Canadian Consulate said in a statement.

The Chinese government’s confirmation

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