Canadians accused of breaking Chinese law that gives authorities vast power

The two Canadian citizens detained in China following the Vancouver arrest of a top Chinese technology company executive are being held under an “all-encompassing” law with a broad definition of national security violations.

It’s been nearly one month since Chinese authorities detained Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, which came just days after the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou — and we’re starting to get a better idea of how they may have gotten tangled up in China’s sweeping national security law.

For weeks, Canada has called for the “immediate release” of Kovrig and Spavor. But China’s top prosecutor said this week he had “no doubt” the two Canadians had violated Chinese law.