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What the snap trials of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor could mean
Do the snap trials in China for Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig offer any hope for their release? And where will Canada-U.S.-China relations go from here? After accusing the two men of spying and detaining them for more than two years, Chinese officials suddenly announced their trials this past week. Spavor's started and ended Friday, with no verdict released, and Kovrig is due in court Monday. Journalist Joanna Chiu covers Canada-China relations for the Toronto Star and is also a friend of Kovrig's from time the two spent working in Beijing. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay to put the trials in context. Chiu says that more than anything, they are a political move to pressure Washington into lifting fraud charges against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is being detained in Canada.