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RSS FeedsCanadian trade minister suggests deliberate tampering by `somebody´ is at heart of Chinese meat ban
(The Star Health)


26 june 2019 20:56:21

Canadian trade minister suggests deliberate tampering by `somebody´ is at heart of Chinese meat ban
(The Star Health)

OTTAWA—Trade and diplomatic tensions are escalating between Ottawa and Beijing as the federal government studies a new demand by China to suspend all Canadian meat exports — a blow to Canadian beef and pork producers — based on Beijing’s claim that Canadian veterinary health certificates have been forged.Canada’s international trade diversification minister, Jim Carr, said Wednesday “somebody” may be tampering with Canadian exports or at least the reputation of Canada’s producers, even as he suggested neither Beijing nor Ottawa is deliberately trying to sabotage the relationship.“Somebody is trying to use the Canadian brand to move product into the Chinese market,” said Carr, speaking in Toronto.“There is an investigation going forward,” said Carr, adding federal officials are consulting the industry, Chinese counterparts and provincial officials about the allegations of forged export approvals.“We’re taking it seriously and working very hard to get to the bottom of it. We want to know why this is happening, in whose interest this could be, and working with all of our partners to get an answer as fast as possible,” Carr told reporters.A senior Canadian government official earlier told the Star that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is weighing the demand, but no conclusion had yet been reached.Coming on top of Chinese limits on Canadian canola, Beijing’s latest move is an alarming backdrop to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departure for Osaka, Japan.Trudeau attends the G20 summit this week of world leaders including China’s President Xi Jinping, but there is no guarantee he will secure his own bilateral meeting with the Chinese leader.Trudeau wants Chinese authorities to release two detained Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, whose arrests in December were seen as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the high-profile Huawei executiv ...

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