Both the United States and Canada called on Beijing on Sunday to immediately release two Canadian citizens, Kang Mingkai and Michael Spavor, who have been detained in China for 1,000 days in what many countries call “hostage politics.”
Shortly after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, an executive of Huawei Technologies, in response to a U.S. extradition request in 2018, Spavor and Kovrig were arbitrarily detained by the Chinese regime.
The arrest of these two Canadians is widely regarded as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng, who is Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei.
Since then, both Cumming Kai and Spavor have been convicted of espionage in closed Chinese courts-Canada and dozens of allies, including the United States, have condemned this process.
“Today is the 1000th day of the arbitrary detention of Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig by the People’s Republic of China (PRC),” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. statement on Sunday. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with Canada and the international community and call on China to immediately and unconditionally release Michael Spavor and Michael Cumming Kai.”
Brinken added: “Arbitrarily detaining individuals to exert influence on foreign governments is totally unacceptable. People should never be used as bargaining chips.”
People are not a bargaining chip. Today, on the 1,000th day of the arbitrary detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Cummingh by the People’s Republic of China, we stand with our Canadian allies, @CanadaFP Call for their immediate and unconditional release.
— Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 6, 2021
Meng’s arrest angered Beijing, and Beijing viewed her case as a political move aimed at preventing China’s rise. Meng was accused of misleading HSBC bankers about Huawei’s business dealings with Iranian company Skycom Tech Co. Ltd., which put HSBC at risk of violating US trade sanctions against Iran. Both Meng and Huawei denied these allegations.
Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau (Marc Garneau) in statement On Sunday, he and the country “strongly condemned the lack of transparent legal procedures.”
“Both were arbitrarily detained,” Gano said. “It has been cruelly stolen from men and their families for years. Nevertheless, they have shown integrity and courage in this terrible ordeal.”
He added: “The arbitrary detention of foreign citizens is unjust and immoral. 66 countries have approved declaration Oppose the arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations earlier this year, and call for an end to this practice and the release of all those detained through diplomatic means. “
Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the 1,000-day occurrence of the Michael incident #Kovrig And michael #Spavor Arbitrary detention in China https://t.co/qVpt22GFcN pic.twitter.com/qgKiLfNNMy
-Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) September 5, 2021
Relatives and supporters of Spavor and Kovrig are pushing for some kind of political solution that can take them home.
They held a parade in Ottawa on Sunday, trying to replicate the 7,000 steps Kovrig tries to walk in the cramped cell every day to maintain his physical and mental health.
“This is an extremely difficult milestone, but we want to commemorate this milestone in this way, partly to commemorate the strength and resilience shown by Michael and Michael Spavor.” Pull said.
On August 11, a Chinese court sentenced Spavor to 11 years in prison. Kang Mingkai’s trial took place in March. It is not clear when he will be sentenced.
Beijing rejected the suggestion that the Canadian case in China was affected in response to Meng’s case in Canada, although it warned that unless Meng is released, the consequences are unclear.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times