> China sentencing of a Canadian national to death on Monday has drawn heavy criticism from Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blasted Beijing for the conviction of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg on drug offenses. It's dealt a further blow to already icy relations between the two sides.>> I will say it is of extreme concern to us as a government as it should be to all our international friends and allies.
That China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply death penalty, as in this case facing a Canadian.>> China's foreign ministry on Tuesday hit back at the comments, urging Canada to respect China's sovereignty.>> The remarks by the relevant Canadian person lacked the most basic awareness of the legal system.
>> State television showed Schellenberg in court where prosecutors claimed he was involved in organized international drug crimes. He's accused of attempting to smuggle nearly 490 pounds of methamphetamine out of China in 2014. At the time, he was given a 15 years jail sentence. That was extended to the death penalty on Monday.
Schellenberg maintains he was famed. His lawyer says he will appeal the ruling on the basis that no new evidence was presented at the one day retrial. Late on Monday, Canada's foreign ministry updated its travel advisory for China, warning citizens about the quote, arbitrary enforcement of local law. Ties between China and Canada turned sour late last year, after the arrest of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.
US authorities alleged Meng deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran. China's subsequent detention of two Canadians was labelled as a tit for tat reprisal by Western diplomats. But Beijing has never drawn a direct link between the cases and Meng's arrest.