China confirms detention of two Canadians for endangering national security

China has confirmed it detained two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, suspected of endangering national security.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a press conference on Thursday that Kovrig has been on the radar of Beijing's National Security Bureau while Spavor is being investigated by the National Security Bureau of Dandong city in Liaoning province.

Lu said both bureaus had notified the Canadian embassy in Beijing and the legitimate rights and interests of the two Canadians are being respected.

The detentions were carried out a week after Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, at the request of the US.

China asked Canada to correct the mistake and immediately release Ms. Meng, or face grave consequences.

Source: VOV5