China executes South African

China has rejected another presidential appeal and executed another foreigner convicted of smuggling drugs into the country.

This time, it was a South African woman arrested in Guangzhou for carrying 3 kilograms of methamphetamine over three years ago. South African President Jacob Zuma tried to intervene to convince China to spare the life of the 38-year-old woman, but she was killed by lethal injection on Monday morning, according to South African media reports. Four Filipinos have also been executed by China for drug smuggling this year, including one in recent weeks where a personal appeal from the Philippines president also failed to stop the death sentence.

Two years ago this month, China shocked the western world by executing a mentally ill British man believed to have been duped into smuggling drugs into this country.