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Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada on the Statement related to the Cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

On December 9, Foreign Minister of Canada François-Philippe Champagne issued a statement on the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, vilifying once again that these two Canadians “were arbitrarily detained in China”. The Chinese side expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition.

For some time, the Chinese side has expounded on many occasions its principled position on the cases of relevant Canadians. I would like to reiterate that in accordance with law, the Chinese authorities arrested and prosecuted relevant Canadians and put them on trial because they are suspected of crimes endangering China's national security. Their lawful rights have been guaranteed and this is not “arbitrary detention”at all. The Canadian side’s attempt to pressure China by using "Megaphone Diplomacy" or ganging up is totally futile.

On the case of Meng Wanzhou, Canada and the US, abusing their bilateral extradition treaty, have arbitrarily detained Ms. Meng Wanzhou, an innocent Chinese citizen who violates no Canadian law for over two years. What the Canadian side has done is arbitrary detention in every sense of the term. As proven by facts, the Meng Wanzhou case is a grave political incident concocted by the US government whose real purpose is to suppress Chinese hi-tech companies and obstruct the development of Chinese science and technology. The international community and more and more clear-eyed Canadians see it very clearly. The Canadian side acted as an accomplice that bears responsibilities in this process. We once again urge the Canadian side to correct its wrongdoing and immediately release Meng Wanzhou so she could return to China safe and sound.

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