China want retrial for jailed Canadian

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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.

"Before she is going on trips, she makes sure everything is in order".

Previously, two Canadians - Michael Spavor who is a consultant on North Korea, and former diplomat Michael Kovrig - employed by thinktank International Crisis Group, were detained by China on suspicion of "harm to national security".

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of electronics giant Huawei Technologies, is wanted in the United States on allegations she lied to American banks as part of an effort to get around sanctions on Iran.

Both China and Canada have insisted that McIver's case is different from the other two.

Meng was released on bail in Vancouver, where she is under private guard at one of the two homes she owns there.

The Higher People's Court of the northeastern province of Liaoning says evidence showed it was possible Schellenberg played an "important role" as it ordered the court in the city of Dalian to try the case again.

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A Dalian government news portal said Schellenberg was a Canadian and that this was an appeal hearing after he was found by an earlier ruling to have smuggled "an enormous amount of drugs" into China.

The relevant governmental departments confirmed with Global Times Schellenberg's identity as a Canadian citizen.

Four other Japanese were executed in China in 2010 for drugs offences.

According to previous reporting from Global News, McIver received an administrative penalty for illegal employment, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.

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".

A Canadian citizen who was detained in China earlier this month amid frosty relations between the two countries has been released and returned to Canada, officials said.

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