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Australian man sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking

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An Australian national has been condemned to death in China for drug trafficking, in a decision that could additionally excite strains among Beijing and Canberra.

The man, named in Chinese pinyin as “Kamu Jielaisibi” and recognized by Australian media as Cam Gillespie, was given capital punishment by Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court on Wednesday, as indicated by a notification posted on the court site.

The notification uncovered no insights regarding the respondent other than his Australian nationality.

As indicated by Chinese local media, the man was captured at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, northwest of Hong Kong, in December 2013 with more than 7.5 kilograms (16 pounds) of methamphetamine in his processed baggage.

China is Australia’s biggest trading accomplice, just as a significant as a major source of lucrative international students and tourists.

Be that as it may, relations have been pained as of late and exacerbated after China responded irately to Australia’s require an independent probe into the starting points of the lethal coronavirus pandemic.

In an apparent response to the demand, Beijing imposed tariffs on Australian barley and issued travel warnings to tourists and students over virus-linked racism against ethnic Asians.

Prime minister Scott Morrison has excused charges of supremacist treatment of Chinese as “rubbish”, adding that his government would “never be intimidated by threats” or “trade our values in response to coercion from wherever it comes”.

A year ago, China condemned two Canadian nationals to death on drug trafficking charges during a heightening strategic column with Canada over the capture of top Huawei official Meng Wanzhou.

Canadian attempts to plead for clemency for Robert Schellenberg and Fan Wei have so far not been successful.

China has additionally confined two Canadian nationals, including a former diplomat, on spying charges, in a move broadly viewed as in reprisal for Meng’s capture.

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