BEIJING — China’s foreign ministry has asked Canada to investigate pests found in shipments of logs, spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing on Tuesday.
The move coincides with strained relations between China and Canada since the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of telecoms firm Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., in December 2018.
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Last year, citing pest concerns, Beijing blocked canola seed shipments from Richardson International and Viterra Inc. — Canada’s two top exporters. It also temporarily suspended imports of pork and beef from the country last year.
Canada’s Trade Ministry confirmed later on Tuesday that on June 9 it received 16 notifications of non-compliance from China related to the discovery of pests in shipments of hardwood and softwood logs, spokesman Ryan Nearing said.