The Chinese Embassy said Tuesday it has asked Canada to suspended all meat exports, a surprise move that comes amid the diplomatic dispute over the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.
As Trudeau set out for Osaka, the two countries dug in. She is now under house arrest in Vancouver while awaiting an extradition hearing in January.
"Our position is very clear", said Geng.
"The Canadian side believes that this incident [constitutes] criminal offense", the statement said. Canada has stated that the rule of law is at stake, not just caving-in to a demanding superpower. "It has been entirely about officials taking decisions according to Canada's commitments".
Bibeau has backed the quality of Canadian meat exports, and the meat industry in general.
On the heels of the counterfeit health certificate revelation, China repeated calls Wednesday for Canada to release Wanzhou.
Canadian ministers and officials have had little luck getting to speak to their opposite numbers in China about any of it.
In the short term, more European pork is likely to flow into China, he said. "Someone is going to have to come up with some proof that there is something wrong with the product", Carr said. He also left the door open to possible retaliatory measures. That business was a breach of sanctions on Iran, according to United States officials.
After Meng's arrest, China detained two Canadians and later formally charged them with espionage.
The Canadian Meat Council, an industry group representing meat packers, processors and equipment suppliers, released a statement saying it is working closely with the government to understand the situation and determine next steps.
"We want to get through the period and we want to establish better relations with the world's second-largest economy". Its members include Russia, China, Turkey, Indonesia, Brazil and South Korea. Canada says the arrest of the two men was arbitrary. The additive is permitted in Canada but banned in China. Canada must play its strongest cards against China in order not to be relegated permanently to the role of chicken. "You have alternative markets but (replacing) the volume of China, that's the challenge".
"If we can build this sense of shared goal in pushing back against China, in not allowing ourselves to be isolated like this, that's a big step forward", he said. The country also suspended import permits for three pork producers over food safety issues last week. The activities in question occurred between 2009 and 2014 before former U.S. President Barack Obama lifted long-standing sanctions against Iran with his nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"Canada's system is very rigorous". "And certainly, they were not blind to the discussions between Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump last week in Washington".
To date, a list of countries including Australia, France, German, Spain, the USA and the United Kingdom have spoken in support of the detained Canadians. Use of the additive is essentially zero in Canadian pork, he said.
"Canada does not police the conduct of foreign persons in foreign lands that have nothing to do with Canada", the statement from the lawyers says.