China accused a detained Canadian citizen of stealing state secrets amid the ongoing Huawei crisis. According to a Reuters report, detained Canadian citizen Michael Kovrig was accused of stealing state secrets given to him by another detained Canadian businessman, Michael Spavor.
This incident is the latest in the series of Sino-Canadian issues which started after the arrest of Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou. Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei CEO and the heir apparent, was detained at the Vancouver airport and was kept under house arrest before she was released on bail. She was arrested by Canada at the request of the U.S on the charges of bank and wire fraud.
An eye for an eye
China has adopted a “tit for tat action” strategy after the arrest of one of the notable people of the Chinese tech industry. It sentenced a Canadian drug smuggler, who was already jailed by the Chinese police, to death after the Wanzhou drama unfurled and also detained another Canadian.
The newest allegation by China seems to be the latest in the tit for tat action plan. Spavor is a business consultant who has been trying to increase investments in North Korean economic projects. The Chinese govt is alleging that Spavor passed on state secrets to Korvig.
According to the report, the Communist Party’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission said that Kovrig often flew to China using ordinary passports and business visas. While he in China he was engaged in “stealing and spying on sensitive Chinese information and intelligence via a contact in China.”
Korvig and Spavor were arrested in December shortly after the arrest of Wanzhou.
“We are obviously very concerned with this position that China has taken. We’ve been engaging and standing up for the two Canadians who have been arbitrarily detained by China from the very beginning,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in response to the allegations against the Canadian detainees.
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