Canadian International Minister Jim Car announced on Friday (September 6) that Canada has asked for bilateral consultations with China on the World Trade Organization’s ban on the importation of Canadian canola.
China is Canada’s largest export market for canola, but since March this year, China has stopped accepting rapeseed declarations from Canadian agricultural exporter Richardson International and the second-largest rapeseed exporter Witfa on the grounds of testing for pests.
Canadian International Minister Carl said that Canada can turn to the WTO if there is no consensus on direct communication between the two sides. He said that the government still insists that Canada has a strict food inspection system.
On December 1, last year, Canada arrested Meng Xingzhou, the daughter of Huawei’s chief financial officer and Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. Since then, Sino-Canadian relations have deteriorated drastically.