Foreign affairs minister wants a new 'framework' on Canada-China relations

Posted In: News Date:Dec 2nd, 2019

Canada can no longer do business as usual with China. That's the new foreign minister's take, exactly one year after the arrest of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.

In an exclusive interview with Radio-Canada, François-Philippe Champagne said he recognizes that the situation is serious.

"I think we have arrived at a critical moment, strategically, where my role is to bring the parties around the table," he said in French.

China responded with anger to Meng Wanzhou's arrest in Vancouver, following an extradition request from the United States. In May it arrested Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Canadian meat exporters were blocked from shipping to China from June to November, while canola producers have still not regained access to the Chinese market.