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China says Canadian stole secrets

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Published on March 5, 2019 - Duration: 01:53s

China says Canadian stole secrets

China and its leading smartphone maker Huawei stepped up pressure on Monday on the U.S. and Canadian governments.

Justin Solomon Reports

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China says Canadian stole secrets

China and its top smartphone maker Huawei both cranked up pressure on the U.S. and Canada Monday (March 4).

Beijing accused detained Canadian citizen Michael Kovrig of stealing state secrets.

China's governmemnt says those secrets were passed on to him by another Canadian its also been holding, businessman Michael Spavor.

Communist Party officials accuse Kovrig of "stealing and spying on sensitive Chinese information and intelligence via a contact in China." The two men have been detained since December.

Meanwhile, Huawei is now getting a lawsuit ready against Washington, part of a wider standoff with the U.S. over trade and technology.

Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou is caught up in that dispute.

She's being held in Canada, and faces criminal charges in the U.S. The detained Canadians, Spavor and Kovrig were picked up by Chinese authorities in December shortly after Meng was arrested in Canada.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) JUSTIN TRUDEAU-CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER SAYING: "We are obviously very concerned with this position that China has taken.

The safety and security of Canadians is always of first order for this government, and that's why we've been engaging in standing up for the two Canadians who have been arbitrarily detained by China from the very beginning." The lawsuit and the accusations against the Canadians are the latest escalation in a crisis facing Huawei.

Washington has made an all-out effort to close off markets around the world to the company calling on governments to reject its technology, especially its 5G data networks.

U.S. officials have alleged Chinese telecoms companies make gear that would let Beijing spy on users overseas.

While Canada says China has made no specific link between Meng's arrest and the Canadians, experts and former diplomats say they have no doubt it is using the cases of the two men to pressure Canada.

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