Province trying to find resolution to meat ban from China

The move comes after Chinese authorities found a banned feed additive in a batch of pork products exported from Canada to China. The additive is given to animals to make them grow faster with increased muscle mass.

China's outspoken ambassador to Canada softened his tone during his farewell speech earlier this week, noting the recent tension between the two countries is only "temporary".

This week, China asked Canada to suspend all meat exports, alleging forged certificates were to blame.

Justice Minister David Lametti declined to comment on the request while his department on Tuesday said the extradition case would be "conducted within the guiding principles of the Extradition Act, our extradition treaty and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms". Freeland has described Meng's arrest as lawful and said her rights were being properly respected by the Canadian court system.

Canadian "identified an issue involving inauthentic export certificates" and authorities are looking into the matter, unveiled Agricultural Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

"This is a technical issue related to potentially fraudulent permits", said the official. "Also, it adds to the total of North American pork production at a time when we sure as heck do not need any more pork around here".

At present, communication has proved to be hard because the Chinese have indicated they have no interest in speaking with senior officials including Freeland or Trudeau. China has already blocked imports of Canadian canola seed.

The Taiwan News pointed out that HMCS Regina's "passage from the South China Sea to the East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait is also a symbolic gesture to defy China's claim to exclusive ownership of all three bodies of water and ensure freedom of navigation in the region".

A Canadian agriculture ministry notice said the Canadian Embassy in Beijing had been told Chinese customs agents would open all containers of Canadian meat and meat products, and that in some cases 100% of the contents would be inspected.

During last week's meeting with Trudeau in the Oval Office, Trump pledged his support for Canada's detainees in China and committed to raising the issue with Xi.

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the summit amid the ongoing tariff war between the world's two largest economies.

Beyond asking for Trump's support, countries like Japan, South Korea and perhaps India might be willing to do the same, helping to strengthen the US president's commitment to the cause, Sands said.

"As detailed in our submissions to the minister, the minister should exercise his discretion to withdraw the proceedings because the extradition proceedings are without merit and cessation of the proceedings would be in the best interests of Canada's national interests", the lawyers said.

Relations between China and Canada have plunged into a crisis since December, when Ottawa arrested on a USA warrant Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer and the daughter of the company's founder.

  • Zachary Reyes