China sharply criticized Canada on Saturday, blaming its leaders for “irresponsible” statements about two Canadians accused of spying in China. She called on Ottawa to end its “megaphone diplomacy”.
In a statement posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, a spokesman for the Chinese representation said that the evidence against the two Canadians was “solid and sufficient”. China has formally charged with “spying” and leaking “state secrets” Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat previously based in Beijing, and consultant and businessman Michael Spavor, a specialist in North Korea.
The two men were arrested in December 2018 a few days after the arrest in Canada, at the request of the American justice, of the financial director of the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou.
The procedure against the two Canadians is widely perceived in the West as a reprisal, which China formally denies. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly called the detention of the two men “arbitrary”.