Article Date 25/03/2019

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China stops purchase of Canadian canola seeds

Source The Montreal Gazette

China has stopped all new purchases of Canadian canola seeds in what some see as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.

The Canola Council of Canada said late Thursday exporters are reporting Chinese importers are unwilling to purchase the seeds at this time.

In 2018, China bought about 40 per cent of Canada’s canola exports for a total of $2.1 billion.

Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said Canada’s government now needs to retaliate and should expel any Chinese athletes training in Canada for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 2022.

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