China 'not worried in the slightest' about concern over Canadian's death sentence

China 'not worried in the slightest' about concern over Canadian's death sentence
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China on Thursday said it is "not worried in the slightest" about the growing international concern over the death sentence for a Canadian, Reuters reported

"I can very clearly state that we are not worried in the slightest,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, according to Reuters.

After a Chinese court last week sentenced a Canadian man to death amid heightened tensions between the countries, Trudeau accused China of applying the death penalty "arbitrarily." 


“I think your foreign minister may be in a hurry, and can’t help speaking without thinking,” Hua said in response to a question from a Canadian journalist, The Associated Press reported. “What threat has China posed to Canada?”

She continued that Canada is a threat to China because it is detaining a Chinese citizen for "no reason," a reference to Canada's arrest and detention of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in December. Meng was arrested at the request of the U.S. and is facing extradition to America.  

“It is understandable that Canada is a little worried, but we hope it will avoid speaking freely without thinking because its reputation and image would be badly damaged by such behaviors,” Hua said. “And such remarks cannot help settle the issue, either.”

The U.S. has spoken out against the death sentence of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who a Chinese court convicted of being an accessory to drug smuggling. Schellenberg has maintained that he is not guilty since he was arrested in 2014.

He stands accused of smuggling 222 kilograms of methamphetamines.

The U.S. spoke out against the harsh sentence this week, calling it "politically motivated." 

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