At a time when two Canadians were being held by Chinese authorities for a full year,
Beijing said it would begin trials
on charges of endangering national security.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday that
the cases of Michael Kovrig and Spavor
have been transferred to prosecutors
and will be “reviewed and prosecuted according to law.
Beijing arrested the two Canadians on December 1 last year
after Canada arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou
at the request of the United States.
Coupled with the subsequent death sentence for two other Canadians,
public opinion generally believed that this was an attempt to put pressure on Canada,
forcing Canada to release Meng Wanzhou.
Later, I saw that Canada did not buy it,
and Beijing stopped importing Canadian rapeseed,
and once stopped buying agricultural products such as Canadian pork.
According to the Canadian “Global Post” report,
from May 6, Spavor was sent to the Dandong Detention Center,
about 670 kilometers northeast of Beijing,
and was locked in cell 315 with 20 people.
Only two people were held in Michael Kovrig’s cell.
Neither Canadian detainee had access
to a lawyer or contacted his family
during the past year.
Meng Wanzhou was released on bail after a public trial
and lived with his family in two mansions in Vancouver.
Her legal team is defending extradition proceedings in the United States.