But following an appeal, a high court in Liaoning ruled in December that the sentence was too lenient given the severity of his crimes. Western diplomats in Beijing, however, say the cases are a tit-for-tat reprisal.
Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, on December 1 at the request of the United States, angering Beijing.
Schellenberg appears to be the first North American sentenced to death in China in recent times.
Schellenberg and his lawyer then appealed that sentence but unfortunately for him, that meant risking a harsher sentence like the one he has received now. In November 2018, a court found him guilty of trying to smuggle methamphetamine from China to Australia.
Zhang said he argued in the one-day trial Monday that there was insufficient evidence to prove Schellenberg's involvement in the drug-smuggling operation, nor had prosecutors introduced new evidence to justify a heavier sentence.
The sentence comes against the backdrop of Beijing's anger over the arrest in Canada of a top executive from telecom giant Huawei last month on a USA extradition request related to Iran sanctions violations.
Some foreign experts have said China's swift action in all three cases appeared meant to pressure Canada to free Meng and return her to China, rather than sending her to the United States.
"According to the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations and worldwide law, he is not entitled to diplomatic immunity", Hua said at a daily briefing. And rights organizations said it raises serious questions about possible political interference in China.
He told The Associated Press that "it's hard not to see a link" between the case and Canada's arrest of Meng.
Michael Cooper, a Canadian member of Parliament who was in China last week as part of a parliamentary delegation, told The Epoch Times that the sentence illustrates the extent of the tension in the Canada-China relationship.
Lu Shaye, China's ambassador to Canada, suggested in a newspaper article last week that the arrest of Kovrig and Spavor was "China's self-defence", but did not give details.
It comes as the U.S. urges its allies not to use Huawei over data security concerns.
The arrests raised concerns over the safety of Poland's nationals in China, although Hua brushed off such worries, emphasizing China's desire for the "sound and steady" development of relations with Poland.
St-Jacques said Canada should immediately call for a top-level meeting of foreign policy and security advisers from the two nations "to impress upon the Chinese side that they have to abide by global law".
Carlisle said GM is using Tesla's vehicles as a benchmark while the Detroit-based automaker develops its own electric versions. In the same weekend that the electric transition promise was made, a three-row, highly-connected EV crossover was unveiled.
McCarthy didn't specify what actions could be taken with King, but said he planned to sit down with the Iowa lawmaker on Monday. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other GOP House leaders have also condemned King's remarks as racist.
President Donald Trump says he's at the White House waiting for Democrats to return to Washington and help end the shutdown. The courts did not allow President Harry Truman to nationalize the US steel industry during the Korean War.
The discovery ended an all-out search that gripped Wisconsin , with many people fearing the worst the longer she was missing. As an example, Fitzgerald said Patterson shaved his head to avoid leaving any hair as evidence during the assault.
Springfield's State Journal-Register reports the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday. Forecasters said heavy snow could fall in mountain areas, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia.
Manafort was convicted in federal court in Virginia in August of bank fraud and tax evasion connected to his work in Ukraine. Manafort provided "complete and truthful information to the best of his ability", the lawyers wrote in the 10-page filing.
Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Ginsburg had surgery December 21 for two malignant nodules in her left lung, the 85-year-old justice's third bout with cancer.
McCaw played just three games in Cleveland after signing a nonguaranteed two-year, $6 million deal with the Cavaliers. McCaw plans to sign a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $786,000, according to The Athletic .
He's only 193 yards shy of replacing Vinny Testaverde (14,820 yards, 1987-92) as the club's all-time passing leader. Winston will carry a cap hit of $20.9 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in 2019.
The TSA is part of the Department of Homeland Security, which is the largest federal agency affected by the partial shutdown. Department of Justice, which defends the federal government in court, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
It was revealed by Synamedia at the event that nearly 26 percent of millennials share their Netflix account with others. Software maker Synamedia said that the artificial intelligence system looks for potentially fraudulent activity.
Chris Pratt just got engaged to Katherine Schwarzenegger
The couple made things Instagram official last month when Pratt posted a sweet tribute to his new love for her birthday. It is no surprise that Chris Pratt got Katherine Schwarzenegger an engagement ring of galactic proportions.
Trump concealed details from meetings with Putin
Warner and Johnson spoke on CNN's " State of the Union ", while Coons and Graham appeared on " Fox News Sunday". The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.
Chelsea FC urged to sign 26-year-old striker
Additionally, a £32 million price tag has Chelsea hesitant as well, although they have now inched closer to signing Higuain . The Spanish striker has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and appears to have lost the confidence of Sarri.