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Chinese evidence behind canola impasse? We ve heard nothing, Carr says

Chinese evidence behind canola impasse?  We ve heard nothing,  Carr says
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OTTAWA -- International Trade Minister Jim Carr says Beijing has yet to provide an explanation for China s decision to block canola shipments from one of Canada s largest grain producers.

A Chinese government spokesman has argued Beijing s move this month to suspend canola imports from Richardson International Ltd. came after hazardous organisms were detected in the company s product.

Carr says Canada wants to solve the matter -- but it needs China to provide scientific evidence to back up the claims.

He says so far there s been little progress despite the federal government s efforts to press officials in Beijing and at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa for more information.

China s decision to reject shipments of one of Canada s key export products comes with the two countries locked in a tense diplomatic dispute that erupted after the December arrest of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the behest of the United States.

Carr says there s no evidence of a link between the Meng case and the canola impasse, so Canada is treating it as a science issue.
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