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A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death on drug charges, a decision that follows capital punishment rulings handed down to other Canadians and comes as ties between Beijing and Ottawa remain fraught.

The Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday sentenced Canadian Xu Weihong to death on charges related to the production of drugs, China’s Global Times reported. Xu and alleged accomplice Wen Guanxiong were convicted for producing ketamine, with police confiscating 266 pounds of the drug from Xu’s home in Guangzhou and another address, according to the Associated Press, which cited local media reports.

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