Beijing is continuing to halt Canadian canola exports, gradually shutting the worlds biggest consumer market to its rapeseed oil producers, amid an ongoing diplomatic spat over the arrest of Chinas top telecom executive.
So far, China has suspended canola imports from two Canadian companies. Viterra, the nation's largest grain handler, was banned from the Chinese market earlier this week, while agricultural and food industry company Richardson International, a major Canadian canola exporter, was banned three weeks ago. Chinese officials cited pest concerns as the reason for the ban.
Beijing and Ottawa have been involved in an escalating diplomatic and trade conflict since December, when Canadian authorities detained Meng Wanzhou, vice-chairperson and CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The top executive was reportedly detained at the request of Washington which accuses Meng of violating US sanctions against Iran.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang called the step towards banning Canadian canola “scientific and reasonable,” stressing that Ottawa should make moves to “correct the mistakes it made earlier.”
Canada is the worlds number one producer of rapeseed. The country accounts for nearlyRead More