China says Canadian canola will face stricter assessments
Thursday, 7 March 2019 BEIJING (AP) — Imports of canola, a Canadian oilseed crop, will now undergo more thorough inspections in China, the country's customs agency said Thursday, amid what appears to be a retaliatory move amid a diplomatic row over the arrest of a Chinese executive. Relations between Canada and China have been tense since December, when Canada arrested Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of the U.S. China warned of "grave consequences" if Canada did not immediately release Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei. U.S. prosecutors have filed charges accusing Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder, of lying to banks about dealings with Iran. Huawei denies any wrongdoing.
U.S. agencies on Thursday promised stricter monitoring of China-funded Confucius Institutes. They're cultural centers at U.S. universities. They've been criticized for serving as propaganda arms of the..