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CHINA ACCUSES ARRESTED CANADIANS OF STEALING STATE SECRETS

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
China has accused two Canadians currenctly held there of acting together to steal state secrets and intelligence, according to state media.

Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor were arrested in China in early December soon after the detention in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei, who is currently facing extradition to the United States.

On Monday, China's official Xinhua news agency cited unidentified Chinese authorities as saying Kovrig violated Chinese laws by acting as a spy and stealing state secrets and intelligence with the help of Spavor. It was the first time the two men's cases have been linked.

It said Kovrig often entered China using an ordinary passport and business visas and acquired information from Spavor, his "main contact".

"Authorities stressed that China is a country ruled by law and will firmly crack down on criminal acts that severely undermine national security," Xinhua said.

No other details were given and Xinhua said further judicial proceedings would "take place based on the case's progress".

Kovrig and Spavor have not had access to a lawyer or to their families since their arrest.

But Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said China has given necessary notice to the Canadian side and that their handling of the cases of the two Canadians is in accordance with the law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Chinese "arm-twisting" on Canada, regarding the fate, extradition, and trial of Meng Wanzhou in the US.

It will be interesting to see how Canadian officials deal with this.

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