Canada asks China to release Canadian citizens

Canada on Thursday asked China to immediately release former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, who were formally arrested after being detained for months on national security grounds.

There has been tension between Canada and China since Canada's December detention on a US extradition request of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The two Canadian citizens were subsequently accused of activities that "endanger China's security, an action widely seen as retaliation for Meng's detention.

Source: VOV5