As Canada awoke to the news of formal charges being laid against Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, MLI senior fellow Charles Burton joined CTV News to discuss this breaking news.
“It’s not a good development, it suggests the Chinese government will be proceeding with the charges against Kovrig and Spavor which will inevitably result in a conviction,” explains Burton. “But the final decision of the trial could be years away.”
Burton discusses what the future holds for Kovrig and Spavor as they face charges, trial, and inevitable conviction. Burton also examines how this new development impedes Canada’s attempts to secure their release and what these developments mean for the future of Canada-China relations.