China condemns Trudeau's remarks about Canadian's death sentence

Ann Santiago
January 17, 2019

Canada has warned citizens travelling to China about a risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of laws after the Schellenberg retrial, and the detention of up to 13 Canadians in the weeks following Meng's arrest last month.

Trudeau should "respect the rule of law, respect China's judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks, " foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

"Although the cases are a consular matter between Canada and China, as the extradition case relates to a Huawei executive in Canada, there are principles at stake that concern us all". China says Meng should not have been arrested, has committed no offence in Canada, with China's ambassador claiming western "white supremacy" is motivating a "double standard" at work in her case. His first trial resulted in a 15-year prison sentence.

The case of Meng, under house arrest awaiting proceedings, has inflamed US-China and Canadian-China relations, and Ottawa has said 13 Canadians have since been detained by Beijing, including one sentenced to death on drug trafficking charges.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is extremely concerned that China has chosen to "arbitrarily" apply the death penalty against a Canadian.

Freeland, who has asked for clemency for Schellenberg and has called his sentence "inhumane", welcomed the US statement a day after she said she explained the situation to Pompeo.

Freeland said the cases of Schellenberg, Kovrig and Spavor will be "top of the agenda' for her next week when she travels to Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday in an attempt to shore up support for its condemnation of China's recent diplomatic actions.

China and Canada also toughened their respective travel advisories this week, delivering a blow to last year's bilateral effort to boost tourism between the two countries.

'We believe it is inhumane and inappropriate, and wherever the death penalty is considered with regard to a Canadian we speak out against it, ' she said.

"China is safe as long as Canadians, and others, abide by Chinese laws".

According to his lawyer, the Canadian will have 10 days to appeal the sentence.

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.

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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.

When asked if China typically listened to this type of request, Hua said the judiciary was not subject to "interference from administrative organs".

The statement says the discussion included Freeland and Pompeo expressing "their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals".

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