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· LILLEY: China puts the squeeze on Canadian beef exports
· China wants to end impasse with Canada by meeting halfway: envoy
LILLEY: China puts the squeeze on Canadian beef exports
Brian Lilley, Opinion, The Community Press (Canada)
June 4, 2019
As the world marks the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, China is doing another crackdown.
This time it is against Canada — all because we won’t give in to China’s demands we abandon our rule of law.
Beef exports are the latest casualty as they try to make the Trudeau government come to heel.
Thankfully, the PM and his team so far haven’t given in.
China has long been annoyed with Canada under Justin Trudeau — beyond the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou last December.
Despite Trudeau’s admiration for China — and even its basic dictatorship — President Xi Jinping has expressed annoyance at Trudeau for some time.
The battle is about much more than Meng, more than Huawei ¨— it’s about China’s attempt to become the global power.
They arrested Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig on trumped up charges, boosted the drug sentence of Robert Schellenberg from 15 years to death.
Add to that the economic measures.
In the last few months, China has targeted Canadian exports of canola, peas and pork — and now beef.
Canadian beef exports to China grew from $9 million last March to $48 million.
They are now our third-largest market for pork and beef, and among our top customers for canola and pulse crops.
It’s more than a trade spat, it’s a power play.
Meng is due back in court Thursday as part of the extradition process, and China is hoping the political pressure will lead to a judicial solution.
Trudeau had maintained politics don’t enter into Canadian judicial decisions, but then the SNC-Lavalin happened.
China has been trying to squeeze key Canadian industries in the hopes Trudeau will bend, I have to say that thankfully he has not.
John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says his members may be wary about shipping products to China given the current situation.
Millions of dollars of product are already “on the water” en route to China.
Former Conservative agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said that while this is part of a larger fight, the Trudeau government hasn’t put forward Canada’s position clearly, and beef won’t be the last product targeted by China...
China wants to end impasse with Canada by meeting halfway: envoy
By Andy Blatchford and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
June 4, 2019
China’s ambassador to Canada says his government wants to end the countries’ impasse but won’t give way on two of Canada’s major complaints.
“Indeed, the bilateral relations between China and Canada are facing serious difficulties right now,” Lu Shaye said Tuesday at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, in an interview through an interpreter. “The Chinese side is not responsible for this issue. But the Chinese government is waiting to make a joint effort with the Canadian side and meet each other halfway.”
When asked about the possibility of freeing two Canadians detained in China on espionage charges, however, Lu offered little wiggle room. And on China’s blocking Canadian canola imports, he considers the matter closed.
Canada’s relationship with Beijing has deteriorated rapidly since the December arrest of a Chinese telecom giant’s chief financial officer in Vancouver. The arrest of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou was carried out after an extradition request by the United States.
Meng’s arrest has outraged Beijing and Chinese authorities have demanded her release. Since Meng’s arrest, China has detained two Canadians on allegations of endangering the country’s national security, sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related convictions and rejected important agricultural shipments.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sought international support in condemning China’s decision to, in his word, “arbitrarily” arrest Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave, and businessman Michael Spavor.
Last week on a visit to Ottawa, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence linked the liberation of the two imprisoned Canadians to American trade talks with China.
The offer is significant because the Chinese government has rebuffed requests from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to speak with her counterpart...