China to Canada PM: Stop ” irresponsible comments on spy case

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

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been arrested in what has been widely perceived as an attempt for Canada after Meng December 2018 stop in Vancouver. The Charges against them were announced on Friday after a Canadian judge ruled Meng of the extradition case may proceed to the next step, moving her closer to being handed over to U.s. authorities.

Trudeau, speaking to reporters in Ottawa, said the Chinese authorities “directly related to” the case of Kovrig and Spavor with Meng. It was called Peking at the end of their ” arbitrary detention. ”

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

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

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

Meng’s case is a “serious political incident” and a part of the U.S. efforts to “remove the Chinese high-tech enterprises and Huawei,” Zhao said. He said that Canada ” has 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 to live in a mansion, she has in Vancouver, where she would be working on a graduate degree. Kovrig and Spavor are held in an unknown location and have been denied access to lawyers or family members.

China has also been sentenced to another two Canadians to death and suspended imports of Canadian canola.

Zhao said visits by foreign diplomats, prisoners have been suspended because of the sars coronavirus pandemic.

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