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The fate of the two Canadian Michaels


A supporter holds a placard calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig outside a court docket listening to for Huawei Applied sciences Chief Financial Officer Mèng Wǎnzhōu 孟晚舟 on the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Canada, in 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson



At the day-to-day press conference of the Chinese Ministry of International Affairs today, the spokesperson stated that two Canadians who were detained exactly two years ago on costs of spying had been already tried in court docket, “prompting surprise from Canadian officers,” in preserving with the Guardian.  

  • Alternatively, other Chinese officers later “confirmed that the confusion modified into once caused by an inaccurate characterization of the approach made by the Chinese MFA spokesperson,” and the legit transcript failed to possess the customary remarks.

Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested on December 10, 2018, days after Canadian authorities arrested Huawei executive Mèng Wǎnzhōu 孟晚舟, in an obvious act of hostage diplomacy.

Jeremy Goldkorn worked in China for 20 years as an editor and entrepreneur. He is editor-in-chief of SupChina, and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast. Learn more

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