China denies Canadians ‘arbitrarily’ detained over Meng case

China is denying it “arbitrarily” detained two Canadian citizens in response to Canada’s arrest of an executive of technology giant Huawei

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.”

“The Chinese

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Russian scientist detained for allegedly passing technology to China – reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian scientist has been detained in Siberia for allegedly passing technology to China, Russian media reported on Thursday.

Alexander Lukanin, a 64-year-old scientist from the Siberian city of Tomsk, was detained on Tuesday after returning from China were he had been working at a local university, according to MBKh Media, a news outlet founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Lukanin’s apartment was also raided by the FSB security service, MBKh Media reported, citing one of the scientist’s friends.

A message sent by Reuters on Thursday to Lukanin’s email address went unanswered. There was no immediate comment from the Russian or Chinese authorities.

Under Russian law, illegally transferring technology to a foreign country can lead to up to three years in prison.

Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying Lukanin had been detained for allegedly passing technology to China but that he was not being accused

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Russian scientist detained for allegedly passing technology to China: reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian scientist has been detained in Siberia for allegedly passing technology to China, Russian media reported on Thursday.

Alexander Lukanin, a 64-year-old scientist from the Siberian city of Tomsk, was detained on Tuesday after returning from China were he had been working at a local university, according to MBKh Media, a news outlet founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Lukanin’s apartment was also raided by the FSB security service, MBKh Media reported, citing one of the scientist’s friends.

A message sent by Reuters on Thursday to Lukanin’s email address went unanswered. There was no immediate comment from the Russian or Chinese authorities.

Under Russian law, illegally transferring technology to a foreign country can lead to up to three years in prison.

Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying Lukanin had been detained for allegedly passing technology to China but that he was not being accused

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