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One year in Chinese detention: what life is like for two Canadians

Today on Front Burner, the Globe and Mail’s Asia correspondent, Nathan VanderKlippe, talks about the detention facilities where Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are being held in China, and what’s next for their cases, a year on from their arrests.
Michael Spavor, left, and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, are in Chinese custody, both having been charged with spying. (The Associated Press/International Crisis Group/The Canadian Press)

It has now passed the one year mark since two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, were arrested and detained in China. Both were accused by Chinese authorities of charges related to spying and stealing national secrets. Both were picked up mere days after Meng Wangzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Chinese tech company Huawei, was arrested at a Vancouver airport in 2018. The 'Two Michaels' are still being held in detention centres where conditions are a far cry from Meng's house arrest. Today on Front Burner, Jayme Poisson talks to the Globe and Mail's Asia correspondent Nathan VanderKlippe about visiting the prisons where Spavor and Kovrig are being held, and what happens next with their cases.

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