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China: Canadian Diplomat Arrested on Charges of Endangering Security

China said Wednesday a former Canadian diplomat to China who was arrested in Beijing Monday was detained on charges of jeopardizing China's national security.

Michael Kovrig was arrested on suspicions of engaging in activities that endanger the country's security, China's official news media reported without elaborating.

Previous reports said Kovrig was arrested for reasons that were unclear.

Kovrig was detained less than a week after Canada angered the Chinese government when it announced the arrest of Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he would intervene in the case against Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou if it means reaching a trade deal with China.

Whatever's good for the country, I would do, Trump told Reuters.If I think it's good for what will certainly be the largest trade deal ever made, which is a very important thing. What's good for national security, I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary.

Trump said while my people have spoken with China about the case, he has yet to discuss it with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Canadian police, acting on a U.S. warrant, arrested Meng at the Vancouver airport nearly two weeks ago on allegations of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

A judge freed her on bail late Tuesday while she awaits a hearing on extradition to the United States.

Source: Voice of America

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