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China formally arrests two Canadians over security concerns

By Cao Desheng | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-05-16 17:10

China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained in December last year on suspicion of endangering national security, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Thursday.

Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, has been arrested by Chinese authorities in accordance with the law on suspicion of prying into state secrets and intelligence for overseas forces, Lu said at a regular news conference.

Michael Spavor, a Canadian businessman based in China, has also been arrested on suspicion of stealing and illegally providing state secrets to overseas forces, Lu added.

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