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Drugs offences are routinely punished severely in China.

Canada's government said this week it had been following the case for several years and providing consular assistance, but could provide no other details, citing privacy concerns.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was tried in 2016 but his case has been publicized by the Chinese press following the December 1 arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei, on US charges related to trading with Iran.

The maximum penalty for drug trafficking in China is death.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian citizen, will be put on trial by Northeast China's Liaoning Provincial High People's Court on drug smuggling charges, according to runsky, a website run by the Dalian Radio and Television Station, on Wednesday.

McIver's detention followed the arrests of two other Canadians on allegations they were harming China's national security.

A Canadian who was detained in China earlier this month has now been released and is now back home, according to government officials.

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In 2009, China executed a Briton, Akmal Shaikh, on charges of smuggling heroin despite his supporters' protest that he was mentally ill.

On December 20th, China's foreign ministry announced that the woman was undergoing "administrative punishment" for working in the country illegally.

When McIver arrived in China, the school she was supposed to teach at no longer had work for her, so Chinese authorities gave her a job somewhere else, according to Rhona. They have each only been allowed to see Canadian diplomats once since being detained.

Both China and Canada had said McIver's case differed from those of Kovrig and Spavor.

China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement sent to Reuters that it was aware of reports McIver had been released, and referred further questions to the "relevant authority".

Meng is out on bail pending an extradition hearing to the United States on charges of violating sanctions against Iran. Meng has said she is innocent.