China has strongly criticized Canada on Saturday, accusing its leaders of the statements “irresponsible” about two Canadians accused of espionage in China and calling on Ottawa to put an end to his “diplomacy to the megaphone”.
In a statement posted on the website of the embassy of China in Ottawa, a spokesperson of the representation of china stated that the evidence against the two Canadians were “solid and sufficient”.
China has formally indicted for “espionage” and disclosure of “State secrets” Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, formerly stationed at Beijing, and the consultant and businessman Michael Spavor, a specialist in North Korea.
The two men had been arrested in December 2018, just days after the arrest in Canada, at the request of the american legal system, the financial director of the chinese giant telecom Huawei Meng Wanzhou.
The procedure for the two Canadians is widely perceived in the West as a measure of retaliation, which China formally denies.
The canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has, on several occasions, called the “arbitrary” detention of the two men.
“The charge of detention, so-called arbitrariness of canadian citizens is totally devoid of foundation. The judicial bodies of chinese will continue to treat these cases in strict compliance with the law,” stressed the spokesman.
Calling the detention of Ms. Meng’s “serious incident” caused by the United States to take on the high-tech enterprises in china and Huawei, he added that she was the victim of an arbitrary detention.
“Stop making remarks irresponsibly on the case of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and putting pressure on China using diplomacy megaphone”, he concluded by calling on Canada to “ponder his mistakes” in the case of Meng Wanzhou and release it immediately.
Twenty canadian personalities, as well as the wife of Mr. Kovrig, recently called Mr. Trudeau will intervene to put an end to the proceedings for the extradition of the leader of Huawei in order to facilitate the release of the two Canadians.
But the prime minister, who has consistently affirmed the independence of the canadian judicial system, has categorically ruled out that possibility Thursday, saying that such a decision would endanger other Canadians in China and in the world.
Parole and probation in Vancouver, Ms. Meng is particularly accused by Washington of having bypassed u.s. sanctions against Iran.