Michael Spavor

Pompeo: Huawei Exec Meng Wanzhou Will Not Be a ‘Bargaining Chip’ in Trade War with China

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday that the United States is working to secure the freedom of two Canadians held prisoner by Communist China. Pompeo stressed that Meng Wanzhou, an executive of China’s Huawei telecom company held by Canada for rendition to the U.S. to face fraud charges, will not be used as a bargaining chip in the American trade war with China. China, meanwhile, ordered Canada to release Meng if it wants relations with Beijing to improve in any meaningful way.

Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at her home after spending the day in court on May 8, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. Wanzhou was in court prior to extradition hearings and could face criminal charges of conspiracy and fraud in the U.S. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

China Accuses Detained Canadians of Stealing ‘Sensitive Information’

China formally accused – but did not yet formally charge – Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig of espionage on Monday. The two were arrested soon after Canada detained Huawei executive and Communist royalty Meng Wanzhou for possible extradition to the United States. The accusation of espionage was made three days after Canada announced Meng’s extradition hearing would proceed.

Combo photo of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, Canadians whom China accused of espionage on Monday.

China Detains Third Canadian Citizen Since Huawei CFO Arrest

The Canadian government said on Wednesday that police have detained a third Canadian citizen in China. While Ottawa provided no details of the arrest, an official said there is “no reason to believe that this case is linked” to the detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – whose arrests last week were in turn clearly linked to Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Bad reception: Arrest adds to Huawei's global woes