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China confirmed Thursday two Canadians are under investigation on suspicion of endangering the country's national security, fuelling tensions after Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecom executive on a USA request.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang spoke to reporters in Beijing Thursday about the situation. Kovrig had been reported as missing earlier this week. Reports of Spavor's disappearance began to show up on Wednesday.

Lu said the two Canadians' are suspected of acts that harm state security and that their legal rights were being "safeguarded".

The state security bureau in the northeastern Chinese city of Dandong, which borders North Korea, has been investigating Spavor since December 10, an official news site for the Liaoning Province government said. -China trade talks and contradicting Canadian officials who said the arrest was not political.

Spavor is a well-known figure within the DPRK-watching community, with his privately-run NGO Paektu Cultural Exchange (PCE) frequently bringing delegations in-country to examine business opportunities in North Korea. The company's website says "in 2013 and 2014, [Spavor] organized the Dennis Rodman visits, and the basketball match between the DPRK and former NBA players, where he also became friends with the country's leader Marshal Kim Jong Un".

Before his detention, Spavor told Reuters news agency that he was working with North Korean officials and possible investors in Dandong.

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Kovrig is a Canadian diplomat on leave from his job to work with the International Crisis Group.

Freeland said it would be "up to Ms. Meng's lawyers whether they choose to raise comments in the United States as part of their defence of Ms. Meng". The country hasn't explicitly linked the men's arrests with that of Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei's founder, and was granted bail earlier this week. She is free on bail in Vancouver, facing an extradition hearing to the U.S. That process could take years to play out.

That pressure is part of the national security review of T-Mobile's $26 billion deal to buy USA rival Sprint, the sources said.

She was released on bail of US$7.5 million by a court in Vancouver on Tuesday pending a U.S. extradition hearing.

Meng was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver, outraging China and sparking a diplomatic standoff between the North American allies and Beijing.

But Meng Wanzhou, heiress to her billionaire father's global tech conglomerate, is managing to surround herself with a few home comforts.

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On a trip to Beijing one year ago, Trudeau announced that 2018 would be the year of Canada-China tourism - an initiative meant to tap the economic potential of upwardly mobile Chinese travellers. The U.S. has requested that Meng be extradited to face allegations that she violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.

T-Mobile and Sprint (or any USA carrier) already can't use any Huawei equipment, and this move looks to be a bargaining chip from the Committee on Foreign Investment to pressure T-Mobile's parent company to follow suit and do the same.

The news of Meng's arrest has also not shed a favourable light on Canada by China.

Two Canadians are under investigation on suspicion of endangering national security, Beijing said yesterday.

"When the US stepped back, China stepped up (on battling greenhouse gases)", McKenna told reporters this week from the United Nations climate change summit in Poland. Justin Trudeau has even talked about a possible free-trade agreement with China in a bid to diversify Canada's trade, which relies on the USA for 75 percent of its exports. Hai Do was the editor.

MobileSyrup has reached out to Telus and Bell for comment and will update this story when we hear back.

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