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Harsh sentences for Canadians cause tension

Once again, a Canadian citizen has been given a harsh sentence in China. Yesterday, a court in Dandong, located on the border to North Korea, sentenced Michael Spavor, a businessman who has been held in custody since 2018, to 11 years in prison on charges of espionage. Just this Tuesday, the Shenyang appeals court upheld a death sentence handed down for drug trafficking against Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg in January 2019 (as reported by China.Table).

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