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Earlier this week, a Canadian citizen in China was sentenced to death after he was convicted of drug-smuggling.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China is "not anxious at all" about mounting worldwide support against the country's actions.

Canada had a year ago also publicly pushed back against political pressure from Washington to ban Huawei from its 5G network, as Australia and New Zealand had done, and was yet to announce a decision.

China denied Ms Wanzhou was guilty and demanded she be released, saying otherwise "Canada must accept full responsibility for the serious consequences caused". He was tried in 2016 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The court said Schellenberg had conspired with others in an attempt to smuggle 222 kg (489.43 lb) of methamphetamine from China to Australia in late 2014.

One of those allies would be Australia, whose acting foreign minister Simon Birmingham expressed deep concern with the Schellenberg case on Wednesday.

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Hua's comments are the latest sign of a sharply chilly turn in China-Canada relations since Canada detained a top Chinese telecommunications executive on December 1 at the request of the United States.

Canada also updated its travel advisory regarding China, urging its citizens to exercise a "high degree of caution" before going there, Freeland stated.

The foreign ministry's consular affairs office published a notice Tuesday saying that Canada has recently "arbitrarily detained" a Chinese national - a reference to Canada's arrest of Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.

Freeland said she had "a very emotional conversation" with Schellenberg's father on Monday.

Trudeau said Ottawa "will continue to engage strongly" with Beijing over Kovrig's status and what he called China's arbitrary use of justice.

According to his lawyer, the Canadian will have 10 days to appeal the sentence.

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"We expect at a level of principle that not only the death penalty should not be applied but also wherever people are in trouble the rule of law ought be applied fairly".

A bipartisan group of USA lawmakers introduced bills on Wednesday that would ban the sale of U.S. chips or other components to Huawei, ZTE or other Chinese telecommunications companies that violate United States sanctions or export control laws.

On Monday, a court in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian sentenced Schellenberg to death for drug smuggling.

When asked if China typically listened to this type of request, Hua said the judiciary was not subject to "interference from administrative organs".

"I can very clearly state that we are not anxious in the slightest", Hua said of the mounting outcry, adding that a majority of Chinese supported severe punishment for drug crimes.

MsChunying said the Dalian Intermediate People's Court had "strictly followed the provisions of the criminal procedure law" in Schellenberg's case.

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Rights groups condemned the Schellenberg sentence while Guy St-Jacques, who was Canada's ambassador in Beijing when Kovrig worked there, expressed concern at how quickly the courts had acted.

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