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China charges two detained Canadians with alleged espionage

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Charging of ex-diplomat and businessman seen as retaliation for arrest of Huawei chief

Chinese prosecutors have charged two detained Canadians with espionage, escalating a diplomatic row that has pitted China and the tech company Huawei on one side and Canada and the US on the other.

The charges come more than 18 months after Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman, were detained in late 2018, days after Canadian authorities arrested Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver on a US warrant.

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