TEHRAN (defapress)- Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, as well as former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, who works for the International Crisis Group, were detained this week in Beijing.
News ID: 74305
Publish Date: 13December 2018 - 16:03
China's foreign ministry said on Thursday that two Canadian nationals detained in China are suspected of engaging in activities that endanger national security, and that both cases are under investigation, Asia News reported.
Lu Kang, a Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, has stated that the legitimate rights and interests of the two Canadians have been safeguarded.
The statement comes after Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat who is currently working for the think tank International Crisis Group, was arrested in China on 11 December, following the detention of ex-diplomat and businessman Spavor.
Canadian-Chinese relations have worsened since the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese high-tech giant Huawei, in Vancouver early in December at the request of the US authorities on suspicions of violating Washington’s Iran sanctions. The move was slammed by Beijing, which called on Ottawa to release the official.