China to resume buying Canadian beef, pork

China to resume buying Canadian beef, pork

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadian pork and beef exports to China will resume.

The suspension began on 25 June when Chinese authorities found residue of banned feed additive ractopamine in a batch of pork being exported to China from Canada.

The Chinese government has removed a months-long ban on Canadian pork and beef products that hit farmers hard when it arrived in the midst of a broader diplomatic feud between the two countries.

Trudeau expressed a thank you to Ambassador Barton and the Canadian meat industry for their work on re-opening the important market for meat producers and their families.

"Canadian pork producers are pleased that the issues preventing the export of pork products to China have been resolved", the pork council said in a statement.

"China is a key trading partner for Canada and our Canadian meat products had made significant gains in China over recent years due to the ongoing marketing efforts of our member companies and market promotion associations".

Bilateral tensions heightened after police in Vancouver arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies Co, in December 2018 on a USA arrest warrant. Cong Peiwu officially took over as China's ambassador in Ottawa on November 1, and Dominic Barton, a former business consultant, recently took over as Canada's new envoy in Beijing. She was detained at the request of the US over allegations of violating sanctions on Iran.

China detained two Canadians - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - shortly after Meng's detention and has refused to allow them access to lawyers while allowing only limited consular visits. Barton has since met with both.

In what was widely viewed as retaliation for the Huawei situation, China put the ban in place in June, citing concerns about contamination. Canada is challenging China on canola at the World Trade Organization.

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