US Says China’s Death Sentence Against Canadian Political
The U.S. State Department said Wednesday China’s death sentence on a Canadian man is “politically motivated.” The statement from U.S. deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke Tuesday and “expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals.” A Chinese court resentenced Robert Schellenberg to death in a sudden retrial of a drug-smuggling case on Monday. Freeland and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been talking to world leaders about Schellenberg’s case and the cases of two Canadians arrested in China in apparent retaliation for the arrest of Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Canada arrested the daughter of Huawei’s founder at the request of the U.S., which wants her extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran. Palladino said the Meng case also came up. “They noted their continued commitment to Canada’s conduct of a fair, unbiased, and transparent legal proceeding,” the statement said. Canada has embarked on a campaign with allies to win the release of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor, who were detained 10 days after the Meng arrest on vague allegations of “engaging in activities that endanger the national security” of China. “Led by the prime minister, our government has been energetically reaching out to our allies and explaining that the arbitrary detentions of Canadians are not just about Canada — they represent a way of behaving which is a threat to all countries,” Freeland Freeland said the detained Canadians will be at the top of her agenda when she visits Davos for the World Economic Forum next week. Earlier Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Beijing “isn’t worried at all” about facing opposition from the international community, according... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, US Says China’s Death Sentence Against Canadian Political, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 16 January
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