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Canadians are now formally in Chinese custody

Two Canadians were formally held in custody about five months after their arrest in China. Both have been placed under arrest in the past few days, confirmed Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Beijing Foreign Ministry. This should mean the transfer to a remand prison. China accuses the two of, among other things, of stealing state secrets.

The case has been causing a diplomatic dispute between Canada and China for months. Former Canadian diplomat and current representative of the independent Crisis Group, Michael Kovrig, and Korea expert and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested on December 10 on charges of espionage.

Michael Kovrig from the International Crisis Group in March 2018

Kovrig "worked as a spy, stole Chinese state secrets and secret information," the official Xinhua news agency quoted the Communist Party's judicial committee in March. Michael Spavor, who was also arrested, was his most important contact and provided him with secret information. Ministry spokesman Lu expressed himself similarly. An espionage charge could result in harsh sentences for the two of them.

"Arbitrarily Detained"

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the arrest "unacceptable." "We will stand up for Canadians again and again, especially those Canadians who have been arbitrarily detained," Trudeau said after speaking to French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. The Chinese government does not follow "the same kind of rules that the vast majority of democracies follow," he added. The Canadian Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling for "China to release Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor immediately".

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Her arrest was seen in retaliation for the detention of Chinese manager Meng Wanzhou in Canada. The chief financial officer of the Chinese technology giant Huawei had been arrested a few days earlier at the instigation of the USA during a stopover in Vancouver, Canada.

Meng Wanzhou is now bailed out

The 47-year-old has since been released on bail. Washington accuses Huawei's chief financial officer of violating the Iran sanctions and demands her extradition to the United States. Meng's lawyers deny the allegations. Beijing criticizes the actions of the Canadian authorities against Meng as politically motivated.

Most recently, two Canadians were sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking. Canada condemned the sentences as "cruel and inhuman". Beijing also recently blocked imports of canola and pork worth billions of dollars from Canada.

stu / uh (afp, dpa)