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Canadian Farmers Concerned over Cancellation of Canola Seed Imports

04/05/2019

Canada has relied on exports for 90 percent of canola seed harvested. During the past week, importers in China representing the bulk of shipments have cancelled orders for the ingredient.

The South China Morning Post suggests that the cancellations are in retribution for Canada arresting and detaining the CFO of Huawei on a warrant issued by the U.S. China does not apparently understand the rule of law and independence of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Prime Minister Trudeau has been placed in a difficult position by the case, but cannot personally intervene and overrule the judiciary.

The warrant for the detention of CFO Meng Wanzhou currently under loose house arrest in Vancouver was issued in response to a formal request on allegations that her company contravened U.S. sanctions against Iran. Huawei has come under scrutiny from officials in western companies including the U.S. and the U.K. and also Australia and New Zealand alleging that intended 5G systems will represent a potential for espionage.

The action by China against canola exporters illustrates the gap in their understanding of procedural law in western democracies and illustrates the ruthlessness with which the central government of China will react to achieve predetermined policies.