China arrests 2 Canadians on spy charges after months of detention

Chinese authorities have formally arrested two Canadians on state secrets charges, the government said Thursday, in what is likely to further increase tension between Ottawa and Beijing.

Businessman Michael Spavor, who worked with North Korea, and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were picked up separately in December, shortly after Canada arrested Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. She now faces extradition to the United States.

In yet another Trudeau Triumph of Diplomacy… Philippines recalling envoys in Canada over trash shipments

The Philippines is recalling its ambassador and consuls in Canada over Ottawa’s failure to comply with a deadline to take back truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago, officials said Thursday.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted that the Philippines “shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship bound there.” The drastic move is the latest strain in Philippine relations with Canada under President Rodrigo Duterte.