The United States Monday called for the “immediate release” of two Canadians accused of espionage in China, denouncing an accusation of “political and without any foundation”.
“The United States are extremely concerned by the decision of the people’s Republic of China to indict formally the canadian nationals Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor,” said the head of american diplomacy Mike Pompeo in a press release.
“The United States along with Canada to call on Beijing to immediately release the two men, and reject the use of their detention unjustified to intimidate Canada,” he added, demanding that the canadian consular authorities have access to the two prisoners.
The public Prosecutor of china had announced on Friday the indictment for espionage and disclosure of “State secrets” by 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 a few 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.