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China's reckless hostage diplomacy increases the chances of war

11-year sentence for Michael Spavor damages Beijing's long-term security interests

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A screen displays images of Canadians Michael Spavor, right, and Michael Kovrig at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing on Aug. 11: Spavor has been detained along with fellow countryman Kovrig since December 2018.   © AP

Stephen Nagy is a senior associate professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo. He is a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs.

Xi Jinping's ascent to the pinnacle of power within China and the Chinese Communist Party has brought with it a more assertive foreign policy in all directions.

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