China sentences two Canadians to death for drug smuggling…

The Canadian Embassy in Beijing, China.
The Canadian Embassy in Beijing, China.Mark Schiefelbein/AP

Chinese courts sentenced two Canadian citizens to death this week for drug smuggling in the latest plunge in Chinese-Canadian relations.

The death sentences were imposed by separate courts in the southern province of Guangdong, which borders Hong Kong.

Ye Jianhui was sentenced to death Friday by a court in Foshan for manufacturing and transporting drugs. On Thursday, Canadian Xu Weihong was sentenced to death by a court in Guangzhou for manufacturing ketamine.

Relations between China and Canada soured in 2018 when authorities in Vancouver arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou for extradition to the US on charges relating to business with Iran.

The Trump administration is waging a global campaign against Huawei, encouraging allies to ban the telecom company from infrastructure projects, citing cybersecurity concerns.

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