China defends case against Briton facing execution

Beijing, China (CNN) — China defended its handling of a death penalty case against a British man convicted of trafficking heroin, in the midst of pressure from the British government for clemency.
Akmal Shaikh, 53, was convicted for carrying up to 4 kilograms (9 pounds) of heroin at the Urumqi Airport in September 2007. He has lost several appeals and is scheduled to be executed on December 29

The two Opium Wars come to mind as I read this article.
All in all, there is kind of thinking (ok, at least Irene’s thinking) .. that the two Opium Wars had initially opened China. Opened its eyes to the world around it that The Celestial Empire isn’t the Center of the Universe. .. But [the education we received] the humiliation inflicted by the defeat runs very very deep and sometimes it clouds our sensible judgment.
China has no problem using the death penalty, even during the days when crime was almost no exist – b/c everything was being tightly controlled and there wasn’t any money around.

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