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Trade war

Canada scraps China trade trip after Huawei arrest

Fear of reprisal for CFO's arrest likely led to cancellation

Canada is apparently concerned about Beijing's retaliation for its arrest of the Huawei Technologies CFO.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- A trade delegation from Canada's British Columbia has called off a trip to China as concerns grew about possible retaliation for the arrest of Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer in Vancouver earlier this month.

The province "has suspended the China leg of its Asian forestry trade mission due to the international judicial process underway relating to a senior official" at Huawei, said Bruce Ralston, minister of jobs, trade and technology, in a statement dated Sunday.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of the U.S. government on suspicion of violating American trade sanctions against Iran. The Chinese government summoned the Canadian ambassador this past Saturday, threatening serious consequences for Ottawa if Meng is not released.

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