Don’t misinterpret China’s decision on Canadian meat as improved relations

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Canadian farmers have been caught in the crossfire of the strained U.S./China/Canada trade relations. Several crops, such as wheat and peas, have avoided being impacted negatively, while canola, pork, and beef exports have been targeted by the Chinese. Farmers have lashed out at the federal government for not forcing change, talking tougher, or being vocal about behind the scenes discussions.

This week, China threw Canada a bone by announcing the resumption of imports of Canadian pork and beef after a four-month ban (due to forged CFIA paperwork). This decision brings more questions than answers, but in my opinion we should not mistake this softening stance on Canadian meat imports as a warming of the relationship between Canada and China.
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