Travel advisory updated for Canadians visiting China

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Following escalating tensions with China, Canada has updated its travel advice for citizens visiting China.

Global Affairs says on its website that Canadians are still advised to “exercise a high degree of caution” when visiting China — which is unchanged.

But it now explains the warning is “due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws,” the country’s death penalty, as well as penalties for drug-related offences.

Meantime the family of a Canadian man sentenced to death in China says they are working with their MP, Ed Fast, to ensure the government makes every effort to secure fair treatment for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg.

Earlier Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concern about China “acting arbitrarily” by applying the death penalty to Schellenberg.

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A Chinese court announced Monday that it had given Schellenberg the death penalty after reconsidering his case.

Schellenberg was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2016 on charges of being an accessory to drug smuggling. -CINEWS

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