China-Canada tension has deepened after two Canadian nationals were arrested in Beijing. Canadians boycotted Chinese products. The relationship between the two countries began to soured when Beijing arrested former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and a businessman Michael Spavor in China 18 months ago. Beijing accused both of spying.
On 1 December 2018, Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei in China, was detained at Vancouver International Airport at the behest of the United States government.
She was detained while on a trip across Mexico to Hong Kong. Meng opposed US sanctions on Iran. Following Meng’s detention, Beijing retaliated and arrested Kovrig and Spavor, a Canadian citizen. There’s a lot of anger in Canada against China since this arrest.
The Canadian government has reacted sharply to this arrest. On the other hand, Chinese officials say that both have endangered China’s national security. China has accused Canadian citizens of espionage.
The Communist Party of China has detained Kovrig and Spavor for more than 18 months on charges of espionage. Explain why the Chinese espionage is a big offense. China is not claiming the accusation is politically motivated. Beijing says the judiciary here is autonomous.