FM: Peacekeepers facing unique challenges Canada’s lobster industry feels pinch of US-China trade war
United Nations peacekeeping operations have reached a new historical phase and reforms are needed to keep pace with the times, State Councilor and Foreign Minister
Canadian lobster has Wang Yi said on Tuesday. been well received in China
“This year marks the 70th in recent years, but now the anniversary of UN peacekeeping industry may be suffering operations,” Wang fallout from the US- China said at the high-level meeting trade war. on Action for Peacekeeping at
Tariff cuts announced by UN Headquarters in New China’s Ministry of Commerce York. on Jan 1, 2017, were a
“Facing the new context boost to a Canadian seafood and challenges, it’s very meaningful exports to China. that Secretary-General
This past July, however, Guterres has launched the China placed a retaliatory Action for Peacekeeping initiative 25 percent tariff on US lobster, this year.” which effectively shut
Wang stressed that China down the fastest-growing fully supports the Declaration market for Maine lobster. of Shared Commitments
That in turn left the US on UN Peacekeeping Operations. lobster industry looking elsewhere to sell its product
He offered a five-point proposal — including Canada and on UN peacekeeping other Asian regions. reforms and improvements. Some Canadian lobster Reforms of UN peacekeeping exporters told Canadian must comply with the media that as US exporters purposes and principles of lost the Chinese market, the UN Charter, Wang said. they are selling lobster in
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Finally, strong partnerships are needed to help support peacekeeping forces, Wang said.
Troop-contributing and money-contributing countries should become a joint force, he said.
China is an active participant in and a firm supporter of UN peacekeeping operations. It has dispatched some 37,000 troops and police to participate in peacekeeping operations, and 21 of them have died on duty.
Wang also said China hopes to reach more consensus with Latin coming American into Canada and and Caribbean then being countries sent onwards during the to sixth China,” round Geoff of dialogue Irvine of of the the Lobster foreign Council ministers of of Canada China told and the CBC “quartet” News. “Some of the of Community our live shippers of Latin are worried American it could and Caribbean erode the States Canadian on Tuesday. market.
He said China has always viewed relations with Latin American and Caribbean countries from a strategic and long-term perspective, and It would promotes undercut cooperation our market on the basis advantage of equality, in China mutual and benefit the prices and we common have, and development. we don’t want that.”
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There have been indications that Maine lobster is coming into Canada and then being sent onwards to China.”
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. Canada’s shipping infrastructure may not be able to handle the increasing demand for lobsters from China.