Washington calls on Beijing to stop “bargaining” over the two men, Michael

“Human beings are not compromising agents,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Mr. Blinken called on China to immediately release Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, “arbitrarily detained,” he said.

Anthony Blinken confirms that Washington joins its voice to that of its partners to demand that the two men immediately restore their freedom.

Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been detained for more than two years by Beijing, which accuses them of espionage.

On Monday, Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, was tried behind closed doors after a hearing that lasted nearly ten hours. The No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing announced that it will issue its ruling at a later time.

Michael Spavor’s trial had taken place three days earlier, in a hearing of no more than two hours. His fate has not been decided yet.

The case of Meng Wanzhou

The arrest of the Canadians came in December 2018, shortly after Chinese Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou. The chief financial officer of Chinese technology giant Huawei is subject to an extradition request from Washington.

Ottawa accuses Beijing of arresting its citizens in retaliation, which Beijing denies.

On March 3, Ms. Wanzhou’s attorney accused Donald Trump of making his client a pawn in the US-China trade war.

Trials ‘without transparency’

On Monday, in Michael Covrig’s trial, Chinese authorities refused to allow representatives of the Canadian embassy to China. Beijing claims that this issue falls within the scope of National Security.

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Canadian Foreign Minister Mark Garneau denounced the complete lack of transparency shown by the Chinese authorities in the trial of the Canadian nationals.

In solidarity with Canada, nearly thirty diplomats, including those from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia, gathered in front of the building that houses the Intermediate People’s Court. They stood in front of the paparazzi, and denounced the way China is behaving in this matter.

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