Canada big decisions on China
In what Canadian officials have described as “arbitrary” decisions, Chinese courts this week have handed down a harsh sentence to Michael Spavor, accused of espionage, and upheld a death sentence for Robert Schellenberg, convicted of drug smuggling in the Asian country in 2018. The decisions come as the extradition trial of the Chinese tech giant Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is entering its final stages in a Vancouver courtroom.
The Canadian Ambassador to China Dominic Barton said the legal process had “lacked both fairness and transparency” and Canada will appeal. The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa accused Canada of hyping up the Canadian citizens’ cases, engaging in “megaphone diplomacy,” and ganging up in an attempt to put pressure on China.
In the coming days, the fate of Kovrig is expected to be handed down.