《China Sentences a Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, to Death》 （The New York Times）
China’s diplomatic clash with Canada escalated sharply on Monday, when a Chinese court sentenced a Canadian to death for drug smuggling at a one-day retrial ordered weeks after a Chinese executive’s arrest in Canada.
Mr. Schellenberg’s fate could become a volatile factor in diplomacy between Beijing and Ottawa in the aftermath of the arrest by Canadian authorities of a Chinese technology executive in British Columbia last month — a move that incensed the Chinese government.
在加拿大当局上个月在不列颠哥伦比亚省逮捕一名中国技术执行官之后，舍伦伯格先生的命运可能成为北京和渥太华之间外交的一个不稳定因素 – 这一举动激怒了中国政府。
Mr. Schellenberg had appealed a 15-year prison sentence for smuggling methamphetamines. But during his retrial, against the backdrop of sharply increased tensions between China and Canada, the court sided with prosecutors who called for capital punishment.
“The evidence is compelling and ample, and the criminal charges are well founded,” the Dalian Intermediate People’s Court said of Mr. Schellenberg’s death sentence, according to an official account published online. “Schellenberg was a principal culprit.”
In recent years, Chinese courts have repeatedly made the point that foreigners will not be treated differently from Chinese nationals in drug convictions. Even so, death sentences for citizens of Western countries are rare in these cases.
Mr. Kamm noted that Hu Xijin, the editor of the Global Times, a nationalist Chinese newspaper, had warned before the sentencing that if Canada went ahead with Ms. Meng’s extradition to the United States, “China’s revenge will be far worse than detaining a Canadian.”
Joan Vickewrs : Remember that Canada is detaining the Chinese executive Ms. Meng, a Huawei executive at the request of the US. Yet Trump has offered no support for Canada. Canada is honoring international court rules that governs extradition. It would appear that both China and Trump want to get rid of these rules.
felixmk : This is China pressuring Canada because Canada honored the US arrest warrant for Ms. Meng, a Huawei exec. Two other innocent Canadians are in Chinese jails. The US has offered no support to Canada, aside from a half hearted statement from Pompeo. China is pressuring Canada because they don’t want to upset Trump. Next time US diplomats need a safe haven like they did in Iran when the embassy was attacked or need a place to land airplanes after a terrorist attack, find another country to help you out.
JEG : Neither the United States or Canada should back down to China. Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou has been lawfully detained for evading sanctions against Iran. If China is able to pressure the United States and Canada to do its bidding in this case, it will embolden China further to use our citizens as diplomatic pawns, and that will make every American and Canadian less safe.
The Real Mr. Magoo : Does not seem like a good time for any westerner to travel to Russia, China or Saudi Arabia, even if they have business there.
Jeff P : Regardless of the rights or wrongs of the Meng case, the main takeaway seems to be that, unless one has absolutely clear diplomatic immunity, traveling to China is almost as bad an idea as traveling to North Korea.
JJackson : Richard Delisi formerly from NYC has spent the last thirty years in jail in Florida for pot possession. He is serving a 90 year sentence for smuggling marijuana. Richard is a nonviolent offender with only pot convictions on his record.
Dubliner : I think this just shows that whether the issue is islets in the South China Sea, intellectual property, phone technology, or humans, China plays by different rules. Thankfully many countries are waking up to this now.
Penny Macpherson : Where is our ally the US? Three Canadians were detained all of a sudden after we picked up Meng on US orders because we have an extradition order with the US. Hearing all this, can the US not speed the process? Offer support of some kind?
Thomas Morgan Philip : With the possible exception of Saudi Arabia, it is hard to think of a worse global citizen than China. Its attitudes towards the environment and human rights in particular display an utter disregard for anything other than its own narrow self-interest. As for diplomacy-by-hostage-taking, civilized nations gave up this barbaric practice several hundred years ago. Not so China, which on this as on so many other things, has not advanced beyond the Middle Ages.
Justin : Eventually China’s true colors should be apparent to everyone — even the globalists who have welcomed China to the stage this last decade or so. China is literally going to kill someone, purely out of retaliation for arresting a high profile executive whom they supported. The two individual cases are entirely unrelated, but China links the two because it is a convenient way for them to show their anger. The Chinese Communist Party and Huawei are NOT welcome in the U.S., not welcome on the global stage, not welcome as the supposed leaders on any issue.
Purple Spain : Another reason to reconsider visiting a totalitarian state. One cannot assume that nothing untoward could happen to you.
Pete : I always find the Chinese inadvertently prove the world’s suspicions to be true, with their follow up actions to things that rub them the wrong way.
gary wilson : This is what happens when the rule of law is ignored. I hope we may learn from it.
RajeevA : What a farcical trial! Meanwhile Chinese laboratories continue their untrammeled production of synthetic drugs causing untold number of deaths and suffering for families the world over.
Walter McCarthy : what’s the problem ? many Trump supporter hope for the same penalties for U.S. citizens except when’s its a relative, of course..
Ethan Wang : You have to know that smuggling methamphetamines is a huge crime in China. One carrying/selling more than 50 gram will be possible to sentenced to 15 years/life imprisonment/death. Mr. Schellenberg has 222.035 kg. If this information is a fact, there is no doubt that he can be sentenced to death.
Berner : NYT omits key point that Ms. Meng, the Huawei exec, was arrested at behest of US authorities. Perhaps the US could get off the pot and actually charge her, or drop the extradition request, or are all the lawyers now huddled in the White House? Or furloughed?
Gideon : You mean the US and Canada were emboldened to arrest this executive over doing business with Iran!!
Fernando : Again, why do we trade with China?
Person : A terrifying tragedy and enough to put people off from traveling to China.
ad : This is what happens in legal systems run by authoritarian regimes. This is what will happen in American once Trump corrupts our system of justice.
Ambrose : For all its economic lustre, China is still a primitive country with a justice system that is laughable.
Lynn : Don’t go to China. Or North Korea. Or KSA. Or Russia.
GregP : Time for Canada to play hardball with China. Even if they give up Meng to spare their citizen’s life, which they can choose to do if they want, no more trade delegations going over acting like everything is normal. Start to deport those rich Chinese who are buying up land. Show strength or get used to a new normal.
Linda : Canada has a population smaller than that of California, vast natural resources including 20% of the world’s fresh water supply. Universal healthcare, advanced education, and sound immigration policies. Not to mention that they are the second largest country in the world. They will be more than fine.
James : It’s sad to see that some commenters are blaming the US not China for this issue.
Joe : Waiting for Mr Trump to speak out. Also, maybe anyone who thinks they should travel to China or Russia should reconsider.
JG : China is playing hard ball with western democracies. It is still a dictatorship and should not be trusted. The West should retaliate by considerably reducing their manufacturing and trade with China. It is dumping cheap and useless junk on us and enriching itself beyond its dreams. We are feeding our nemeses.
Joe Runciter : This sort of “justice” is what one can expect from an authoritarian country like China.
HH : I believe you can either follow international law, which says it’s okay to trade with Iran, or US law, which says you cannot. businesses have to choose wisely, and it’s a very difficult choice. it also depends which way governments choose to support their national and multinational companies.
Claude Wallet : This is what happens when we deal with a lawless country, elevating it to the status as a respectable nation on the merits of a strong economy. China is a country still to be built. We gave-up too much to them, closing our eyes to human rights abuse for greed and it will come back to haunt us.
Main : China is revealing itself to the world, the glittering veil of technology concealing a barbaric nation at its heart
Jeanne Miner : This is the China that the investment and tech community has so arduously supported. This is the China whose wealth the United States as largely created.
Lawrence : How much of Vancouver is being bought with laundered Chinese drug profits?
John : Trump would do the same if he could
danielleisabadgirl : “Western egotism and white supremacy”
Tony Clark : China is the worlds next superpower. Just look at the billions they are dumping into their infrastructure. But now we get to stand around and watch as a more powerful country does things we don’t like. Just like the rest of the world for the past 200 years did with America.