US in criminal probe of China's Huawei

Federal Government Promises To Intercede On Behalf Of Canadian Sentenced To Death In China

The move would further escalate tensions between the U.S. and China after the arrest previous year in Canada of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of the company founder.

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

She is now waiting for an extradition process to be finalized, so that she may be tried in the United States for crimes relating to Huawei's violation of worldwide sanctions.

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

Schellenberg was jailed in China in 2016 for drug smuggling, but was retried on Monday and sentenced to death after an appeals court in that country agreed with prosecutors who said he was punished too leniently.

"We are deeply concerned with this case as we are in a consistent way wherever the death penalty is applied", Acting Foreign Minister Simon Birmingham told ABC Radio National on 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.

"Exercise a high degree of caution in China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws", it reads.

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.

China is urging its citizens to be cautious about going to Canada.

Federal Government Promises To Intercede On Behalf Of Canadian Sentenced To Death In China

Schellenberg plans to appeal, his lawyer Zhang Dongshuo told AFP.

"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.

"It was a very emotional conversation", she says. She gave no details.

"If Schellenberg smuggled drugs to Canada, then China would not care how Canada deals with such cases, but the incident occurred in China, and therefore the case should be resolved in accordance with Chinese laws", she said.

Zhang said there was insufficient evidence to prove Schellenberg was part of a drug syndicate, or that he was involved in smuggling methamphetamines. In a statement released to CNN, his family added, "The Schellenberg family cares deeply about our Robert who is being held under very hard circumstances in China".

Beijing has brushed off the global outcry over Schellenberg's case as insignificant.

But worldwide rights groups condemned Schellenberg's sentence, with some saying it was too severe and may have been politically motivated.

China executes one or two foreigners every year - almost all for drug offences, according to John Kamm, director of the US-based Dui Hua Foundation rights group.

"The sudden retrial and apparent rush to judgment has highlighted the numerous flaws in China's judicial system, " China researcher William Nee said in a statement.

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