"Playing hostage politics, China rushes the retrial of a Canadian suspect and sentences him to death in a fairly transparent attempt to pressure Canada", Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth said in a tweet.
China is not putting pressure on Canada by sentencing a Canadian to death for drug smuggling, and any suggestion it was doing so showed "rude contempt" of China's law, its state media said.
Later that month, the High People's Court of Liaoning Province ordered a retrial regarding the charges against another Canadian national, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug smuggling in November by a lower court, after prosecutors called for him to receive a harsher punishment, citing "new evidence" showing that he was part of an global drug trafficking syndicate.
The Chinese media began publicizing Schellenberg's case after Canada detained Meng, who faces extradition to the USA on fraud charges.
The founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei is thanking Canada's justice system for the kind treatment of his daughter, the company's chief financial officer arrested last month in Vancouver on a US warrant.
They also "expressed their concerns about the detention of Paul Whelan in Russia", Palladino said, referring to a former USA marine detained in Moscow on accusations of espionage.
"China is safe as long as Canadians, and others, abide by Chinese laws". The court delivered the new sentence after reconsidering his case.
Schellenberg's lawyer said on Monday he would appeal.
"I can't tell you the relationship between Mr. Schellenberg's last appeal procedure and sensitive events which happened in Canada, " Zhang said, but he described the timing of Schellenberg's appeal and retrial as "very significant".
The notice mirrored Canada's revision of its own travel advisory to warn of the "risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws" in China.
Schellenberg was slapped with the harshest possible punishment for drug smuggling on Monday.
China is urging its citizens to be cautious about going to Canada.
The formal request for Robert Schellenberg was given to China's ambassador to Canada.
"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.
China's justice system has been routinely condemned for its handling of capital punishment, with a 2008 Washington Post investigation finding it was notable for its "secrecy, lack of due process and uneven application of the law".
Worldwide rights groups condemned Schellenberg's sentence, with some saying it was too severe and may have been politically motivated.
The development comes after China detained two Canadians on national security grounds in December in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly about the case, spoke on condition of anonymity.
Canada has embarked on a campaign with allies to win the release of Kovrig and Spavor.
Trudeau had also received support from other allies, including the United States, the European Union, France, Germany, Britain and Australia. "And that is very important".
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