B.C. exporters feel chill in Canada-China freeze

Seafood, wine and other sectors vulnerable in escalation of Ottawa-Beijing dispute

Chuck Chiang / Business in Vancouver MARCH 10, 2019 07:00 AM

For some of B.C.’s largest export sectors, a potential disruption of trade with China — the spectre of which has risen after the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. CFO Meng Wanzhou last December — would be severe if not catastrophic.

That is the view from several B.C. officials in industries such as forestry, seafood, wine and international education, where efforts to diversify their markets beyond the United States, as promoted by Ottawa and the provincial government in the last decade, have helped build deep links with China’s economy as the latter grew to become Canada’s second-largest trade partner.

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