China formally arrests two Canadian citizens for endangering national security

China formally arrests two Canadian citizens for endangering national security after holding them in detention for months amid diplomatic tensions over Huawei Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, is accused of scouting national secrets Michael Spavor, a China-based businessman, is said to have stolen intelligence Both worked for overseas entities, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs alleged Beijing previously accused the pair of working together to spy on China    Their detentions are viewed as China's retaliation over Meng Wanzhou's arrest  Huawei exec. Meng was arrested in Canada under a U.S. warrant in December 

By Tracy You For Mailonline

Published: 09:43 BST, 16 May 2019 | Updated: 10:07 BST, 16 May 2019

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China has formally arrested two Canadian citizens for endangering the country's national security after detaining them late last year.

Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, is accused of scouting Chinese national secrets and intelligence for overseas entities.

While Michael Spavor, a China-based businessman who organised trips to North Korea, is said to have stolen Chinese national secrets and

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