Chinese evidence behind canola impasse? We ve heard nothing, Carr says
|CTVnews 13 Mar 2019 at 12:18|
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.