- Robert Schellenberg, the Canadian who was recently given the death sentence for drug-trafficking charges, intends to appeal his case, reports the New York Times. The Star Vancouver has a primer on the case: What we know and don’t know about Robert Schellenberg’s death sentence in China. For more, see Chinese lawyers and law professors opposing court’s handling of Robert Schellenberg’s case on China Change.
- “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Canadian counterpart expressed solidarity about the treatment of Canadians in China after Canada’s arrest of Huawei Technologies Co chief financial officer,” according to Reuters.
- Australia’s acting foreign minister said: “We are deeply concerned with this case [of Robert Schellenberg] as we are in a consistent way wherever the death penalty is applied,” reports The Australian.
- “China has interrogated detained former diplomat Michael Kovrig about his past diplomatic work there, prompting Ottawa to protest that Beijing is violating the rules of diplomatic immunity enshrined in international law, according to sources,” reports the Globe and Mail (paywall).
- China has denied that the Vienna Convention protects Kovrig, as he is not currently working as a diplomat, but the Globe and Mail says, “Article 39 explicitly covers former diplomats’ past work with immunity that continues after the individual loses diplomatic status.”
- An opinion piece in the Toronto Sun says China has now fully lost the PR game in Canada: “What a disproportionate response. What an ugly tantrum. A public one at that. It doesn’t bode well for China’s PR game in the West and particularly here in Canada,” says columnist Anthony Furey.
- “Huawei founder’s protests mean nothing — independent Chinese companies simply don’t exist,” argues China scholar Martin Thorley.
- Finally, a full transcript of the English-version speech by Huawei founder Rén Zhèngfēi 任正非 is available from the South China Morning Post.