China castigated Canada on Saturday after criticizing the Chinese lawsuit against two Canadians, saying the case was based on evidence and urging Ottawa to stop “megaphone diplomacy”.
Chinese prosecutors have charged Canadians Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman, this month for alleged espionage. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on Beijing to end “arbitrary detention” and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also called for their release.
In an article posted on the website, a representative from the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa criticized recent “irresponsible remarks” by Canadian leaders.
“The facts are clear and the evidence solid and sufficient. The accusation of allegedly” arbitrary “detention of Canadian citizens is completely unfounded,” the newspaper said.
Chinese authorities arrested the men in late 2018, suspected of endangering national security, shortly after Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies Co chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on a US warrant.
The embassy spokesman said Meng’s arrest was real arbitrary detention and reiterated Beijing’s call for his release.
“Stop making irresponsible remarks about the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and put pressure on China through megaphone diplomacy.”
Spokespersons for Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland could not be reached immediately.
Kovrig’s wife asked this week that the Canadian Minister of Justice plan to intervene in the extradition case of the Chinese executive in an attempt to free the two Canadians.
Trudeau said that the exchange of Meng for the two men would weaken Canadian values and the justice system.