'Hostage' diplomacy: Canadian's death sentence in China sets worrying tone, experts say

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Concerns Beijing using case to exert pressure on Ottawa after Canada’s detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

China’s sentencing of a Canadian to death for drug trafficking threatens to escalate tensions between the two countries and set a dangerous precedent, according to experts.

On Monday, the Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the northeastern province of Liaoning increased Robert Schellenberg’s sentence from 15 years in prison to the death penalty, concluding the Canadian had played “a key role” in a failed attempt to smuggle 222kg (almost 500lbs) of methamphetamine from China to Australia in 2014.

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