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

An Air Canada jet takes off against a bank of fog from Vancouver International Airport on Tuesday morning. Late Monday the federal government updated its advisory for travellers to China ‘due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws

The Trudeau government is seeking clemency for a Canadian sentenced to death in China amid growing tensions between the two countries.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying expressed " strong dissatisfaction" with that.

They also talked about the extradition case of a Huawei executive in Canada.

Beijing on Tuesday repeated its calls for her immediate release, calling on Canada to correct its "severe mistake".

Schellenberg had appealed against an original 15-year prison sentence issued in November, but the court in Liaoning province sided with prosecutors at the retrial that the punishment was too light.

As tensions increase between democracies and China with the abrupt decision by Chinese court to execute a Canadian citizen on drug smuggling charges, Beijing has also reportedly been cautioning state-run companies and their employees in recent weeks to avoid travel to the United States and allied nations, like Canada.

"The remarks by the relevant Canadian person lack the most basic awareness of the legal system", Hua told reporters.

"It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our global friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply (the) death penalty.as in this case", Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.

The formal request for Robert Schellenberg was given to China's ambassador to Canada.

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The warning from China's foreign ministry noted the "arbitrary detention" of a Chinese national in Canada at the request of a "third-party country", urging Chinese citizens to "fully evaluate the risks" before traveling to the country.

"We have very clearly outlined the case's facts and its seriousness", she told reporters.

As we move towards a fall 2019 election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received a barrage of criticism on his so-called town halls across the west. Trudeau is staring down increasing pressure to move faster and more forcefully to complete a new oil pipeline in this country.

The Chinese press began publicizing Schellenberg's case after Canada detained the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei on December 1 at the request of the United States. His lawyer, Zhang Dongshuo, said his client has 10 days to contest the latest sentence.

On Monday, a court in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian sentenced Schellenberg to death for drug smuggling. Schellenberg was arrested in China in 2014 while traveling through Asia.

A bipartisan group of USA lawmakers introduced bills on Wednesday that would ban the sale of U.S. chips or other components to Huawei, ZTE or other Chinese telecommunications companies that violate United States sanctions or export control laws.

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

"I can very clearly state that we are not anxious in the slightest", Hua said of the mounting outcry, adding that a majority of Chinese supported severe punishment for drug crimes.

The timing and speed of the second trial have led to widespread suggestions that Schellenberg was being punished as part of an escalating domestic dispute between China and Canada.

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