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Agriculture Sector on Edge Over China-Canada Tensions

(Amanda Stephenson – Calgary Herald)

Alberta farm groups are on edge over China’s decision to block some shipments of canola from Canada, a move some believe may be the latest salvo in a growing diplomatic dispute that could have long-term consequences for agriculture.

On Tuesday, one of Canada’s largest grain processors — Winnipeg-based Richardson International Ltd. — said that China had revoked its permit to export canola there. China’s foreign ministry cited insect infestation as the reason, though Canada disputes that claim.

Some have suggested the move may be retaliation against the Canadian government for arresting Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei. Canada is proceeding with an extradition hearing for Meng following her December arrest at the request of the U.S., where she is wanted on fraud charges for allegedly misleading banks about the company’s dealings with Iran. Click here to read more.