Canada issues China travel alert as tensions escalate

Al Jazeera 

Canada has warned its citizens of the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of local laws in China after a Canadian man convicted of drug trafficking was suddenly retried and sentenced to death, and Beijing denied another detained Canadian diplomatic immunity. The Canadian government on Monday updated its travel advisory for China, telling citizens to exercise a high degree of caution while in the country. The update noted the "risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws" and highlighted the severe penalties for drug offences, including death. It came hours after a court inin China's Liaoning province sentenced Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to be executed for drug smuggling following a day-long retrial in which the 36-year-old Canadian had declared his innocence. "The court completely rejects the accused person's explanation and defence because it is completely at odds with the facts," the chief judge said in a courtroom packed with observers, including Canadian embassy officials.

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