China is denying it “arbitrarily” detained two Canadian citizens in response to Canada’s arrest of an executive of technology giant Huawei
ByThe Associated Press
October 12, 2020, 10:14 AM
• 2 min read
BEIJING — China on Monday denied that two Canadian citizens held for almost two years had been “arbitrarily” detained in response to Canada’s arrest of an executive of technology giant Huawei.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s denial came days after China granted consular access to Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor for the first time since January. Canada’s government on Saturday issued a statement saying it remains “deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities” of the two, and called for their immediate release.
Zhao said China “firmly opposes the erroneous statements made by Canada” and reiterated its claim that Kovrig and Spavor were “suspected of engaging in activities that endanger China’s national security.”
Just yesterday it seemed like a Peloton challenger had arrived. Echelon Fitness casually dropped the news it was launching the “Ex-Prime Smart Connect Bike,” or a $500 stationary bike that it claimed was “Amazon’s first-ever connected fitness product.” Except now Amazon is crying foul, saying it has nothing to do with the bike at all.
The pitch for the so-called “Prime Bike” is that it is a cheaper version of the Peloton that, according to Engadget, was to be exclusively available to Prime subscribers. The design certainly is reminiscent of the original Peloton Bike, especially with the red resistance knob, though the Prime Bike doesn’t include its own screen. It instead has a tablet stand so customers can provide their own screen to access on-demand workouts. Another cost-cutting measure, according to Cycling Weekly, is that the Prime Bike uses toe straps instead