A Chinese court will hear an appeal by a Canadian citizen against a drug smuggling conviction on Saturday, mainland media reported, in a case that could further test the tense relations between Beijing and Ottawa.
Canadian officials have been following Schellenberg's case for "quite a while" and have been providing consular services, the source added.
"Due to the provisions under the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed".
A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada says the ministry has been following the case for several years and has been providing consular to the Canadian citizen since they were first detained in the Chinese province of Liaoning.
A government-run news portal said Schellenberger had smuggled "an enormous amount of drugs" into China.
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China has some of the harshest drug laws in the world and people found guilty of smuggling large quantities of drugs face sentences ranging from 15 years' imprisonment to life imprisonment and even the death penalty.
China executed a Briton caught smuggling heroin in 2009, prompting a British outcry over what it said was the lack of any mental health assessment.
In an unusual move, China's propaganda office has invited foreign reporters to attend the hearing.
China has demanded that Meng be released immediately.
China has demanded Canada free Meng, who is fighting extradition to the United States.
Ties between Beijing and Ottawa have been strained after China detained two Canadians - former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and China-based businessman Michael Spavor - whom they accuse of engaging in activities that "endanger China's security".
She was detained on request from the United States, which has accused her of violating sanctions of Iran.
In a strongly worded statement last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called for the "immediate release" of Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor.