China Not Worried About Other States' Criticism of Death Penalty for Canadian

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China has lashed out at Australia after the acting Foreign Minister Simon Birmingham labelled the sentencing of a Canadian man to death for drug smuggling "concerning".

At a press conference the following day, China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying blasted Trudeau's remarks as "irresponsible", asking if he had read the relevant court documents.

Meng's case was also raised by Freeland and Wanzhou, with the U.S. State Department saying they "noted their continued commitment to Canada's conduct of a fair, unbiased, and transparent legal proceeding".

Schellenberg was detained more than four years ago, went on trial in 2016 and was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison in November.

In this image taken from a video footage run by China's CCTV, Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, attends his retrial at the Dalian Intermediate People's Court in Dalian, northeastern China's Liaoning province on Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland conferred Tuesday and "expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals", U.S. deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement Wednesday.

"You ask whether China is willing to listen to the Canadian side's request, but I don't know if Canada's leaders or politicians have seriously listened to China's solemn position", Hua said.

Canada has updated its travel advisory for China to warn Canadians of "the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws".

"They discussed the detention and legal treatment of Canadian citizens in China". His lawyer, Zhang Dongshuo, said his client has 10 days to contest the latest sentence.

Freeland said she had spoken to Schellenberg's father on Monday, adding it had been "a very emotional conversation for him".

"I won't comment specifically, because I may have a role down the road, but I will say that we are a rule of law country, and it's one of our most important principles and as minister of justice and attorney general for Canada I will always act to protect the rule of law", he told CBC News. She gave no details.

Zhang said there was insufficient evidence to prove Schellenberg was part of a drug syndicate, or that he was involved in the smuggling of methamphetamines. Schellenberg was arrested in China in 2014 while traveling through Asia.

A senior Canadian government official said Chinese officials have been questioning Kovrig about his diplomatic work in China, which is a major reason why Trudeau is asserting diplomatic immunity.

Drug smuggling is punished severely in China, and foreigners convicted of drug crimes have been executed before, including a Briton in 2009.

Trudeau has called several world leaders in recent days to share concerns about the case of Schellenberg and two Canadians that Beijing detained last month after a senior Chinese executive was arrested in Vancouver on a us arrest warrant.

Schellenberg had faced a number of charges in Canada related to drug possession and drug trafficking, according to Canadian court records.

Describing the case as "highly politicized, " the human rights group Amnesty International urged that Schellenberg's sentence be revoked.

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