"Without a doubt, these two Canadian citizens in China violated our country's laws and regulations, and are now undergoing investigation according to procedure", the regime's prosecutor general, Zhang Jun, said. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng's arrest. "From January to December, the American people that travelled to China reached 2.3 million, higher than the number of Chinese people travelling to the U.S.", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang.
Regarding a very slight number of foreigners suspected of violating laws and committing crimes in China, the Chinese authorities have always impartially handled cases in accordance with the law, and safeguarded their legal rights and interests, he added.
China has detained 11 Canadians since early December when a senior executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei was arrested in Vancouver on a U.S. request for alleged violations of Washington's sanctions on Iran, according to Ottawa.
US prosecutors have accused her of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating sanctions.
"China's economy is facing some headwinds and so is going to want to attract businesspeople, is going to want to show it's open for normal business", he said.
"We don't know what law the Chinese authorities are talking about", said Malley, who once served on U.S President Barack Obama's national security council.
"The message from Global Affairs Canada was that it was better that we go than not go", Cooper said.
The Chinese government has not drawn a direct link between the detention of any Canadian and Meng's arrest.
Earlier on Thursday, China's top prosecutor said the two Canadians had "without a doubt" violated the law.
"This outnumbers the proportion of Chinese people visiting the United States", Lu said.
Canada said on Thursday that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies Co Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested last month in Vancouver at the request of the United States.
December 14: Canadian officials are granted consular access to Kovrig, and McCallum meets with him in Beijing. The next day, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian woman, Sarah McIver, received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.