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China has formally arrested two Canadian citizens for endangering the country's national security after detaining them late last year.
Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, is accused of scouting Chinese national secrets and intelligence for overseas entities.
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While Michael Spavor, a China-based businessman who organised trips to North Korea, is said to have stolen Chinese national secrets and provided the information to foreign sources.
It remains unclear when their trials will be, but they could face death sentences according to Chinese law.
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Their detentions last December have been viewed as China's retaliation on Canada after Meng Wanzhou, an executive of Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver under the request of the U.S.
Washington accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. Meng is facing extradition to the U.S.
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The formal arrests of Kovrig and Spavor, confirmed by Beijing today, are likely to further increase the tensions between Ottawa, Beijing and Washington.
The two Canadians were detained separately in China shortly after Canada arrested Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on December 1.
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The news came after two other Canadians had been sentenced to death by Chinese courts over drug dealing this year.
Beijing said that Kovrig and Spaover were formally arrested 'recently' without giving further details.
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'According to Chinese prosecutors' approval, Michael Kovrig, due to being suspected of crimes of gathering state secrets and intelligence for foreign (forces), and Michael Spavor, for being suspected of crimes of stealing and illegally providing state secrets for foreign (forces), have in recent days been approved for arrest according to law,' China's foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news briefing.
China has taken the measures in accordance with the law, he said.
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China hoped Canada 'will not make irresponsible remarks' about China's law enforcement and judicial proceedings, Lu...
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