China’s Spat With Canada Worsens With Death Sentence in ‘Political’ Drug Case

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a news conference in Ottawa, Dec. 19, 2018 (Photo by Adrian Wyld for The Canadian Press via AP Images).
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a news conference in Ottawa, Dec. 19, 2018 (Photo by Adrian Wyld for The Canadian Press via AP Images).
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Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. A court in the Chinese port city of Dalian sentenced a Canadian man convicted of drug trafficking to the death penalty Monday, the latest development in an intensifying diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa that has already resulted in the arrest of two Canadians on charges of “endangering national security.” Robert Lloyd Schellenberg received the death sentence following a one-day retrial ordered weeks after Meng Wanzhou—the chief financial officer for Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei—was arrested Dec. 1 in Vancouver […]

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