China formally arrests two Canadians on state secrets charges

Canada not ruling out following U.S. steps with Huawei ban

China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, businessman

Canada has demanded that China promptly release two of its nationals who have been formally arrested following months of detention on national security grounds, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the arrests "unacceptable".

"We must inform Canada that China is legally enforcing and arresting two Canadian citizens", Lu said Thursday. "That will not change", Trudeau said when asked if he planned to talk to President Xi Jinping over the issue.

Chinese authorities have formally arrested on state secrets charges two Canadians detained previous year, the government said on Thursday, drawing condemnation from Canada in a case that is likely to further increase tension between Ottawa and Beijing.

"We will continue to work with our allies and work directly with China to ensure that they understand that we are a country of the rule of law, and we will allow our legal processes to unfold independently while at the same time we will always stand up for Canadians and will continue to", he added.

Speaking in March, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that both Canada and the United States had "abused their bilateral extradition treaty and took forced actions on a Chinese citizen".

No details of the men's detention or health conditions were provided due to Canadian privacy laws, but officials said that they would press for further access to the detainees.

"When Chinese businesses are wrongfully treated, China has the right to take measures to safeguard our legitimate and lawful rights and interests", he said.

Lu said China hopes that Ottawa "will not make irresponsible remarks" about the country's judicial system. For months, the pair have been held in a detention facility without access to a lawyer and been granted a single consular visit per month.

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Putting constraints on Huawei's supply chain could also delay its procurement of components and parts needed to help Chinese telecom operators roll out 5G in China, US brokerage Jefferies wrote in a note, unless Beijing manages to negotiate with Washington to help Huawei get out of "jail".

With their formal arrest, they could soon face trial, though it is unclear when that may be. She made her latest court appearance last week as she fights extradition to the US.

Ms Meng, 47, is the daughter of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's billionaire founder, Ren Zhengfei.

Meng has been allowed to live in her Vancouver mansion, although her mobility is limited.

Meng, who is now on bail, faces charges of fraud related to an alleged breach of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Another Canadian held in China, Robert Schellenberg, was re-sentenced to death in a drug case following Meng's detention.

She was ordered to wear an electronic anklet and hand over her passports after being released on bail in mid-December on a C$10 million (S$10.2 million) bond.

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