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China formally arrests two Canadians on national security grounds

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Two Canadian nationalists detained in since December last year on national security grounds have been formally arrested, country's said on Thursday.

and former were arrested separately in in December on different charges, shortly after had arrested at the behest of the

Canadian had condemned the initial detention of Spavor and Kovrig as "arbitrary" and politically motivated." Thursday's development will likely inflame tensions between and that broke out with the arrest of Wanzhou, reported

Wanzhou may soon be extradited to the US, where she faces charges over suspected violation of the US sanctions against

The has pressured allies not to use Huawei's technology, arguing that could use it to spy on other countries. These efforts intensified when US signed an order barring American companies from using made by firms believed to pose a "national security risk", including Huawei.

Lu Kang, a for the told media here on Thursday that has been charged with gathering state secrets and intelligence for abroad, while has been accused of stealing and providing state secrets for abroad.

"Everything in China is done in accordance with the law," Mr Lu said. Responding to a reporter's question about Canadian officials' criticism of how China handled the cases, he said: "We hope will not interfere with or comment casually on China's legal system and lawful practices."

The development comes amidst the escalating trade spat between the US and China. imposed fresh tariff hikes on Chinese imports amounting to USD 200 billion, alleging that had backed out of the trade deal as it neared fruition. In response, China announced its intent to increase tariffs on US goods entering the country starting from June 1.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 16:15 IST