China to Canada Afternoon: Stop “irresponsible remarks on spy case

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China said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday to “stop making irresponsible remarks” after he said Beijing’s decision to charge two Canadians with espionage was linked to its country’s arrest of a Chinese executive tech.The spying charges are “completely different” in the case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, a foreign ministry spokesman said. Meng has been arrested on charges related to possible violations of Iran’s trade sanctions.

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in what was widely viewed as an attempt to pressure Canada after Meng’s December 2018 arrest in Vancouver. The charges against them were announced Friday after a Canadian judge ruled Meng’s extradition case can proceed to the next step, moving his closest to be turned over to US authorities.

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Freelance journalist Patrick Fok pressed China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson about the printing of connections between Meng Wanzhou’s extradition and espionage charges against imprisoned Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. 2:45

Trudeau, speaking to reporters in Ottawa, said Chinese authorities “directly linked” the case of Kovrig and Spavor with Meng. He called on Beijing to end their “arbitrary detention.” ”

“There is no such thing as arbitrary detention,” said ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

“China urges leading Canadian authorities to seriously respect the spirit of the rule of law, respect for China’s judicial sovereignty and stop making irresponsible remarks,” Zhao said.

Chinese prosecutors said Friday that Michael Kovrig, on the right, and Michael Spavor have been charged with spying. (Associated Press / Groupe International De Crise / The Canadian Press)

China’s ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, linked the case, suggesting in an interview with Mondial last month that Kovrig and Spavor’s treatment would improve if Canada returned Meng.

“I would like to take this opportunity to point out that in fact the biggest problem in our bilateral relationship is still Meng Wanzhou is the case, which is why we have made our position very clear to ensure that it is of return to China smoothly and safely, “he said.

“I think my point of view is very clear. We want to make sure that the safety and health of these detainees is protected as long as the situation does not improve, we will resume these consular visits. “

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Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Ltd. and the daughter of its founder, is accused of lying to Hong Kong banks about Huawei in its dealings with Iran, in violation of US sanctions.

Meng’s case is a “gravely political incident” and part of the US effort to “suppress the Chinese high-tech enterprises and Huawei,” Zhao said. He said that Canada “played the role of an accomplice. ”

“We urge Canada to correct its mistakes as soon as possible, immediately release Meng Wanzhou and ensure his safe return home,” said Zhao.

Meng is living in a mansion, she owns from Vancouver, where she reportedly worked on a graduate degree. Kovrig and Spavor are detained in an unknown location and have been denied access to lawyers or family members.

China was also sentenced to two other Canadians to death and suspended imports of Canadian canola since Meng’s arrest.

Zhao said of visits by foreign diplomats, prisoners were suspended due to coronavirus pandemic

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