Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will not be intimidated by China following tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions by Ottawa and Beijing.
Ottawa expelled Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei on Monday over allegations related to foreign interference, and hours later, China asked a Canadian diplomat in Shanghai to leave by Saturday in response to what it called Ottawa’s “unreasonable actions.”
Some fear the latest flare-up could have economic repercussions for Canada.
Chinese imports of Canadian goods rose 16 per cent last year to a record of $100 billion, and China is Canada’s second-biggest trading partner after the U.S.
Last year, Beijing lifted a three-year ban on imports of canola, Canada’s largest crop, from trading companies Richardson International and Viterra.
China is also a major importer of Canadian potash and wheat.