China indicts two Canadians, escalating dispute over Huawei case
With conviction rates of roughly 99.9 percent, Chinese prosecutors are nearly guaranteed to win once they bring charges in a court system that is controlled by the ruling Communist Party. The two Canadians were arrested in December 2018, days after Canadian authorities detained Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou during a layover in Vancouver at the behest of the United States, which is seeking her extradition to face fraud charges.
The cases represent just one of several overlapping areas of friction between Beijing and U.S. allies — tensions that are increasingly spanning the world and playing out in intertwined arenas, including technology and diplomacy.
Spavor and Kovrig had been held for more than 550 days without facing charges or receiving permission to regularly see their lawyers, according to Canadian officials, who have also expressed concern about the two men enduring lengthy interrogation sessions and sleep deprivation. Spavor and Kovrig had been granted periodic visits in jail by Canadian diplomats, but not since the coronavirus outbreak in January.
[Source: Washington Post]