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China formally arrests two Canadians on national security grounds

Two Canadian nationalists detained in China since December last year on national security grounds have been formally arrested, country s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.Businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were arrested separately in China in December on different charges, shortly after Canada had arrested Huawei technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou at the behest of the United States.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had condemned the initial detention of Spavor and Kovrig as arbitrary and politically motivated. Thursday s development will likely inflame tensions between Beijing and Ottawa that broke out with the arrest of Wanzhou, reported The New York Times.Wanzhou may soon be extradited to the US, where she faces charges over suspected violation of the US sanctions against Iran.The United States has pressured allies not to use Huawei s technology, arguing that China could use it to spy on other countries. These efforts intensified when US President ...

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