China charges two Canadians with spying – pressure to release Huawei executive

Two Canadians were formally charged by China with espionage. They were detained in December shortly after Canada arrested the Chinese Huawei chief Meng Wanzhou at US behest. While she fights her extradition to the US in Canadian courts, Beijing has accused Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor of “harming national security.” The US charges Meng with fraud linked to alleged violation of sanctions on Iran. China accuses businessman Spavor of supplying state secrets to Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat in Hong Kong

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