Spavor and Kovrig’s detention has been seen as a retaliation by the Chinese government for Meng Wanzhou detention.
The US government has been a staunch adversary of Huawei and its 5G systems. The Trump administration has made several allegations against the Chinese cell phone company for being a major risk to US national security. Though at the time no exact evidence has been provided to the public on claims made by the US; the Trump administration has taken extraordinary steps to hinder the tech giant’s implementation of its 5G system in the US and has ordered the arrest of the tech giants Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou once she entered North America on December 1, 2018, on allegations of violating sanctions against Iran.
Currently, Meng Wanzhou is being held on house arrest by the Canadian Government while she fights an extradition case to the US at the request of their Department of Justice. With the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese government retaliated with the arrest of two Canadians charging them with spying. Michael Spavor was sentenced to 11 years of hard labour in a Chinese prison, while Michael Kovrig was given the death sentence.
“We talked about those specific challenges today, as well as trade, energy, NATO, and China’s arbitrary detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. On these and other issues, President-elect Biden and I agreed to keep in touch and work closely together.” Said Prime Minister Trudeau
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“Today marks 1,000 days since Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arbitrarily detained in China. Both men are being arbitrarily detained. We strongly condemn the lack of a transparent legal process.“Years have been cruelly stolen from both men and their families. Despite this, they have shown integrity and courage throughout this terrible ordeal.
“We are inspired by their resilience as we continue to work tirelessly with our allies and international partners to do everything we can to bring them home.
“Canada is grateful to all who have joined in expressing their solidary for Mr Kovrig and Mr Spavor, including the two dozen countries that sent diplomats to the court proceedings and solidarity events.
“Arbitrarily detaining foreign citizens is unjust and immoral. Sixty-six countries endorsed the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations earlier this year and call for an end to this practice and for the release of all individuals detained for diplomatic leverage.
“This must stop. Mr Kovrig and Mr Spavor must come home. The thoughts of all Canadians and Canada’s partners around the world are with Mr Kovrig, Mr Spavor and their families as they mark this difficult date.”
As the case for Meng Wanzhou makes its way through the Canadian legal system, it is very apparent, if Wanzhou is extradited to the United States, the fate of the Canadians will lie in the hands of an American jury, that at times have been indoctrinated to hate China.