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Was a Canadian's death sentence in China an act of diplomatic retribution?

A Chinese court has sentenced Canadian Robert Schellenberg to death for drug smuggling. The CBC's Asia correspondent Sasa Petricic explains how this sentence is being seen as retribution for the arrest of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou.
Canada-China tensions have been escalating after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's arrest on December 1. (Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images)
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"It's just too much of a coincidence that this would be happening."

A Chinese court has sentenced Canadian Robert Schellenberg to death for drug smuggling. His retrial was announced a few weeks ago, amid growing tensions between Canada and China. The CBC's Asia correspondent Sasa Petricic explains how this death sentence is being seen as retribution for the arrest of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou.​

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