19 Jan 2019

Tension between Canada and Beijing ratchets up

From The Weekend, 8:35 am on 19 January 2019
Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg during his retrial on drug trafficking charges in the court in Dalian in China's northeast Liaoning province where he was sentenced to death on drug trafficking charges, January 14, 2019.

Photo: AFP PHOTO / Intermediate Peoples' Court of Dalian

The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, says all countries around the world should be concerned about the death sentence handed to a Canadian national accused of drug smuggling in China. Also this week, Rahaf Mohammed, the Saudi Arabian teenager who fled her family - fearing they would kill her - and was given asylum in Canada, gave her first interview. Laura McQuillan, a New Zealand journalist with Canada's CBC News, has been covering both stories.