January 15, 2019
Having spent significant time with the Chinese, I still do not really understand whether or not they have a sense of humor. They do funny things occasionally, but I cannot tell if these things are done to be funny, or if it is simply the difference in our psychic cores that makes them appear funny to me.
Whatever the case, this is so funny that it is virtually impossible to believe that it was not intended to be.
In response to the refusal to release kidnapping victim Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese have pulled a guy out of jail after he was sentenced for smuggling drugs and put him on trial again, sentencing him to death.
As far as that being fair or unfair: the original sentence was a favor to Canada, which gives a lot of Chinese people passports. Any Chinaman would have been sentenced to death for this crime.
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given a 15-year jail term in November but, on Monday, a court said the sentence for drug smuggling was too lenient.
The ruling is likely to worsen a diplomatic row between the countries.
Last month, Canada arrested a top official at the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, on a request from the United States.
The detention of Ms Meng, 46, last month angered China and soured its relations with both Canada and the US.
Following Schellenberg’s death sentence, Canada has updated its travel advice for China, urging citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws”.
“You may arbitrarily be sentenced to death for trafficking in 500 pounds of meth.”
Schellenberg’s aunt, Lauri Nelson-Jones said the death sentence was “a horrific, unfortunate, heartbreaking situation”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the ruling.
“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,” he said in a statement.
And it was then that Justin Trudeau realized that there was more to ruling Canada than smoking weed and talking about how bad the orange man is.
He was nearly overwhelmed by the realization that his actions could result in men’s deaths.
He hit the bong again, and tried not to let the thought linger too long in his mind.
China’s foreign ministry said it was “strongly dissatisfied” with Mr Trudeau’s remarks, and said Canada should respect China’s sovereignty.
The Canadian, who is believed to be 36, was arrested in 2014 and accused of planning to smuggle almost 500lb (227kg) of methamphetamine from China to Australia.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in November but, following an appeal, a high court in the north-eastern city of Dalian on Monday sentenced him to death.
“I am not a drug smuggler. I came to China as a tourist,” Schellenberg said just before the verdict was announced, the AFP news agency reports.
China is believed to execute more people annually than any other country, but is highly secretive about the number.
Human rights group Amnesty International puts the figure in the thousands – more than the rest of the world’s nations put together.
A number of foreigners have been executed for drug-related offences in the past, including British man Akmal Shaikh, who was executed in 2009 despite claims he was mentally ill, and an appeal for clemency from the UK prime minister.
How dare they execute the typical British man Akmal Shaikh?
I can tell that he is innocent by his typical British skin.
Muh human rights.
Relations between China and Canada have deteriorated rapidly since the arrest of Ms Meng in Vancouver on 1 December.
She was granted bail by a Canadian court several days later but remains under constant surveillance and must wear an electronic ankle tag.
Ms Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei’s founder, is accused in the US of using a subsidiary of the company called Skycom to evade sanctions on Iran between 2009 and 2014.
She denies any wrongdoing and says she will contest the allegations.
In the weeks that followed her arrest China detained two other Canadian citizens.
Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor face accusations of harming national security.
Donald Clarke, a specialist in Chinese law at George Washington University, said that Schellenberg’s death sentence appeared to be “an unprecedented step in China’s diplomacy”.
Unprecedentedly hilarious, maybe.
Otherwise, it’s just executing a foreign prisoner in response to actions by his home country, which is not in any way “unprecedented” in Chinese history, which is thousands of years long and which the Chinese view as a continuum, rather than something that they have been broken from in the way that the West believes they have broken from their own history and entered a new age of human rights-based freedom and democracy.
In fact, white people are the only people on earth who believe they have broken with their own history. This does not appear to have been very good for us at all.
“I have seen cases I considered unjust before, but I cannot recall a previous case that looked so clearly unconnected to the defendant’s guilt or innocence,” Prof Clarke told the BBC’s Chinese service.
China began working hard to push Schellenberg’s case to international prominence, taking the highly unusual step of inviting foreign journalists into the court, the BBC’s John Sudworth in Beijing reports.
And despite the Canadian’s insistence that he is innocent, his retrial lasted just a day, with his death sentence being announced barely an hour after its conclusion, our correspondent says.
An editorial in the nationalist state-backed Chinese newspaper Global Timeson Tuesday said “unreasonable speculation” in Western media linking his case to Ms Meng’s showed “rude contempt toward Chinese law”.
“The trial will also send the message that China won’t yield to outside pressure in implementing its law,” it said.
Imagine the words “nationalist” and “state-backed” being used together to describe anything in the West.
Everything that we have that is “state-backed” is devoted to destroying our nations.
It’s probably something to do with the severing of our history. One might suppose.
Anyway, I side with China against Canada. Kidnapping a woman who is de facto royalty in China simply to try and mess-up Donald Trump’s trade negotiations – and presumably also a method to shill for Apple and Samsung – was a disgusting act, and executing drug smugglers is justice.
NB4 “this guy is a Jew,” I actually do not think he is. Schellenberg was the name of an SS officer, and the guy doesn’t look Jewish.