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Chinese FM refutes claim prosecution of 2 Canadians 'revenge' for Meng

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Source:Global Times Published: 2020/6/22 18:51:13

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday stressed that two Canadians were prosecuted in China for allegedly endangering China's national security, and that there is no such a thing as "arbitrary" detention, refuting accusations that the prosecution is revenge for Huawei's senior executive Meng Wanzhou's case.

After Chinese authorities prosecuted Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that he is "disappointed" that China has now formally charged the two men with spying.

Robert Malley, president and CEO of the International Crisis Group, the company where Kovrig works as a senior advisor on northeast Asian issues, said in a statement that "this is yet another arbitrary and baseless step in a case that has been arbitrary and baseless from day one," CBC reported.

The report quoted Trudeau as saying it's a "terrible shame" that China has tied the Spavor and Kovrig cases to the December 2018 Vancouver arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry, said Canada pursues double standards on so-called "judicial independence."

China's judicial departments handle cases independently in accordance with the law, and will also protect the legal rights of Canadian citizens, Zhao said, urging Canadian leaders to earnestly respect the spirit of the rule of law, respect China's judicial sovereignty, and stop making irresponsible remarks.

"The case of Meng Wanzhou is completely different from the Canadian citizens' cases," Zhao stressed.

On Friday, Kovrig and Spavor were prosecuted by the procuratorates in Beijing and Dandong, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, respectively, for allegedly spying on China's national secrets and collecting classified intelligence.

"It is clear to anyone without prejudice that Meng's case is a serious political one. The aim of the US was to crush Chinese high-tech companies and Huawei, with Canada acting as an accomplice. We strongly urge Canada to correct its mistake as soon as possible and immediately release Meng for her safe return," Zhao said.

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