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China Formally Arrests 2 Canadians in Case Linked to Huawei

China Formally Arrests 2 Canadians in Case Linked to Huawei

Created: May 16, 2019 10:11 AM

BEIJING (AP) - China has formally arrested two Canadian citizens it is believed to be holding to pressure Canada into releasing a Chinese telecom executive. The move brings the two closer to trial on vaguely defined state security charges.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been arrested for allegedly stealing state secrets.

Geng gave no other details. Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat and expert at the International Crisis Group, and Spavor is a businessman with lengthy experience in North Korea.

Both were arrested on Dec. 10 after Meng Wanzhou, an senior executive with telecom giant Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver, Canada, on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities who want her extradited to face fraud charges.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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