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CanadaChina says detained Canadians have been formally arrested

11:26  16 may  2019
11:26  16 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China 's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that two detained Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, have been formally Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Kovrig was arrested on charges of gathering state secrets and Spavor on charges of stealing secrets for

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have formally arrested on state secrets charges two Canadians detained last year, the government said on Thursday, drawing "We continue to take the safety of the Canadians arbitrarily detained in China with the utmost priority," Canadian Prime

China says detained Canadians have been formally arrested © Reuters/LINDSEY WASSON People hold placards calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig outside a court hearing for Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that two detained Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, have been formally arrested.

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Kovrig was arrested on charges of gathering state secrets and Spavor on charges of stealing secrets for overseas forces.

China hopes that Canada will not interfere, Lu told a daily news briefing.

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Ben Blanchard; editing by Darren Schuettler)

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Canadian delegation in China this week pushing for release of Spavor and Kovrig.
A Canadian delegation is in China this week pushing for the release of the two Canadian men accused of spying, according to Ottawa's foreign affairs minister. Chrystia Freeland told CBC's Metro Morning on Tuesday that her parliamentary secretary, Don Valley West MP Rob Oliphant, and a parliamentary delegation are in China pushing for the freedom of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. "Rob has been raising the case of the detained Canadians. That is really important for the Chinese to be hearing directly from us," she said. "It's a terrible situation and we are very clear that these two men are arbitrarily detained.

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