China’s consumers are changing and the middle class market’s growth is seen as a global economy driver over the coming decade. Families shop at an international supermarket in Beijing.  |  REUTERS/Jason Lee photo

Challenging assumptions

Farmers have heard the mantra time and again: the developing world, led by China, is growing; its expanding population is growing richer; it will demand more and more high-quality food; it won’t be able to produce that food for itself as it runs out of land and water; and western Canadian farmers will be needed […] Read more


Hog farmers and pork processors are hoping that China hasn't added Canadian pork to its trade retaliation targets. | File photo

China suspends pork export licences

Hog farmers and pork processors are hoping that China hasn’t added Canadian pork to its trade retaliation targets. The Olymel plant in Red Deer is one of two plants known to have had their export licenses for China temporarily suspended for apparent labelling problems. “Olymel management is assessing the situation with the appropriate authorities,” said […] Read more


China purchased 4.77 million tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018, which was 47 percent of total exports that year.
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China’s canola pinch

A surprising amount of the void left by China’s exit from the Canadian canola market could be filled by other importers, according to a Canola Council of Canada official. Brian Innes, vice-president of public affairs with the council, said certain target markets could pick up “millions” of tonnes of additional demand in the wake of […] Read more

The ruling, issued by the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), stated China did not apply the TRQ's on imports of wheat, rice and corn from the U.S. in a

WTO rules in favour of U.S. on tariff dispute with China

WINNIPEG – The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled largely in favour of the United States in a trade dispute regarding China’s application of tariff-rate quotas (TRQ’s) for wheat, corn and rice. The ruling, issued by the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), stated China did not apply the TRQ’s on imports of wheat, rice and […] Read more


Countries rethink China’s road to the world

The Belt & Road Initiative is intended to enhance trade with Europe, Africa and Asia, but loss of control is recent worry


China’s $2 trillion version of globalization is encountering some resistance. In 2013, the country embarked on its costly Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), which is essentially a project designed to revitalize the ancient Silk Road and enhance trade with Europe, Asia and Africa. Chinese state-owned enterprises have already invested in more than 1,676 BRI projects […] Read more

Depending on whom one has spoken with, there are differing views as to grain exports to China other than canola. | File photo

Views differ on exports to China other than canola

WINNIPEG – Depending on whom one has spoken with, there are differing views as to grain exports to China other than canola. The federal government stated there have been no export issues outside of canola. “The current actions taken by China are limited to canola seed, and we have not received any indication of broader […] Read more

Shipments of Canadian canola oil and canola meal are continuing to move to China, according to a senior canola industry official. | File photo

Canola oil shipments remain unaffected

Shipments of Canadian canola oil and canola meal are continuing to move to China, according to a senior canola industry official. Brian Innes, vice-president of public affairs at the Canola Council of Canada, said oil and meal sales to China have not been affected by a trade dispute that’s currently affecting canola seed exports. “Oil […] Read more


International Trade Minister Jim Carr told the House of Commons trade committee last week that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and officials are working to refute China’s claims of pests in shipments and seek other markets for canola.
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Ottawa urged to get political in canola tussle

Canada will continue to treat China’s restriction on Canadian canola imports as a scientific issue, even though testing shows no basis for the ban and a third Canadian company has been issued a notice of non-compliance. International Trade Minister Jim Carr told the House of Commons trade committee last week that the Canadian Food Inspection […] Read more

A former ambassador to China says Canada could send a message by slowing down inspections of imported goods. | File photo

Inspection delays proposed in trade dispute

A former ambassador to China says Canada could send a message by slowing down inspections of imported goods

A former Canadian ambassador to China says Canada needs to retaliate against the ban on canola exports, but it has to be a measured response. David Mulroney, who was ambassador from 2009-12, used a hockey analogy to describe the situation. “Goalies don’t let people skate through the crease,” he said. “China is skating through the […] Read more