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Trudeau’s megaphone diplomacy a failure

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Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg may wish to have someone other than his prime minister to fight for his life. After the convicted drug smuggler was sentenced to death on appeal, Justin Trudeau made a high-profile statement condemning China’s “arbitrary” justice and its death penalty. In doing so, he has made it virtually impossible for Chinese authorities to back down.

“It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply the death penalty as it is in this case facing a Canadian,” he said. To reinforce his message, Ottawa issued a travel warning to Canadians with the statement: “Chinese authorities apply, sometimes arbitrarily, the death penalty for both violent and non-violent crimes.”


© South China Morning Post