FM: Peace­keep­ers fac­ing unique chal­lenges Canada’s lob­ster in­dus­try feels pinch of US-China trade war

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG RUINAN and HONG XIAO in New York By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­

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

Gen­eral prin­ci­ples enun­ci­ated other in parts the UN of the Char­ter, world. such as Jack re­spect Liu, for an op­er­a­tor sovereignty, for non­in­ter­fer­ence Zoneco, a large Chi­nese in other seafood coun­tries’ com­pany in­ter­nal with af­fairs a plant and the in Nova peace­ful Sco­tia set­tle­ment — the main of in­ter­na­tional sup­ply source dis­putes, of lob­ster as well shipped as the to ba­sic Chi­nese prin­ci­ples main­land of peace­keep­ing — told Cana­dian in­clud­ing me­dia the con­sent that in Hong of in­volved Kong, par­ties, Malaysia must and be strictly Tai­wan, fol­lowed, Amer­i­can he said. lob­ster is now “sell­ing at least He US$1 said cheaper, peace­ful putting set­tle­ment pres­sure of on dis­putes sales of through Cana­dian po­lit­i­cal lob­ster”. means is a fun­da­men­tal He be­lieves prin­ci­ple Cana­dian of lob­ster UN peace­keep­ing. is “los­ing mar­ket share in There those Asian is also mar­kets a need due to to im­prove the lower price the UN from Se­cu­rity the US”. Coun­cil’s Mean­while, man­dates Canada to make them re­port­edly more re­al­is­tic, is be­ing ac­tion­able used as a con­duit and fo­cused, or “gray Wang mar­ket” said. into It is the also Chi­nese im­por­tant mar­ket to have for a Maine long-term lob­ster. plan for peace, Wang “There said. have Peace­keep­ing been in­di­ca­tions ac­tions that need Maine to lob­ster cre­ate is a se­cure and sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment for host coun­tries, help im­prove de­vel­op­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties and lay solid foun­da­tions for elim­i­nat­ing poverty and re­al­iz­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

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.”

Over Canada the and past Maine five years, have Pres­i­dent traded lob­ster Xi Jin­ping across has vis­ited the bor­der Latin Amer­ica for many three years. times and Com­pa­nies met with that lead­ers op­er­ate in of al­most Maine all and coun­tries Canada that have have diplo­matic been in­te­grated re­la­tions into busi­ness with China, sup­ply ad­vanc­ing chains. the Chi­naMaine Latin lob­ster Amer­ica is typ­i­cally com­pre­hen­sive used in Cana­dian part­ner­ship lob­ster seafood­pro­cess­ing of co­op­er­a­tion op­er­a­tions. into a new stage of Some de­vel­op­ment. Maine seafood com­pa­nies He said have that com­plained after more that than there three hasn’t years been of the de­vel­op­ment, same num­ber the of buy­ers China-CELAC or­der­ing Fo­rum lob­ster has this be­come har­vest the sea­son, main plat­form while some for over­all com­pa­nies co­op­er­a­tion in Nova be­tween Sco­tia re­ported China and re­ceiv­ing Latin Amer­ica, more which calls has than pro­vided usual strong from Chi­nese sup­port buy­ers. for the con­struc­tion Be­cause of its shared air trans­port fu­ture. fa­cil­i­ties As next aren’t year marks of the the same fifth an­niver­sary scale as the of US’, the es­tab­lish­ment Canada would of the send fo­rum, many Wang of said its China is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to work with CELAC to con­tinue to strengthen the fo­rum and con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of lob­sters China-CELAC to the re­la­tions. US, which then On ex­ported Tues­day, Wang them also to met other his coun­tries, coun­ter­parts in­clud­ing from Rus­sia, China. Spain, Pak­istan and Hun­gary. Canada’s trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture Wang said dur­ing may his not meet­ing be able with to han­dle Rus­sian ad­di­tional For­eign Min­is­ter traf­fic to Sergey meet the Lavrov de­mands that in for the lob­ster cur­rent from in­ter­na­tional China, sit­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing China to ex­porters. and Rus­sia should China’s step in­creas­ing up strate­gic de­mand com­mu­ni­ca­tion for lob­ster and had con­sul­ta­tion helped the and US in­dus­try, de­fend mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, which had lost in­ter­na­tional ground in Eu­ro­pean law and lib­er­al­ized mar­kets trade, to Canada pro­vid­ing due to more the pos­i­tive EU-Canada en­ergy Com­pre­hen­sive to the in­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic com­mu­nity. and Trade Agree­ment, Lavrov which said elim­i­nated Rus­sia is also an seek­ing 8 per­cent closer tar­iff for com­mu­ni­ca­tion Canada’s live lob­ster and co­or­di­na­tion ex­ports. with China China in in­ter­na­tional is the Cana­dian af­fairs to lob­ster jointly in­dus­try’s de­fend in­ter­na­tional sec­ond­largest fair­ness ex­port and jus­tice. mar­ket be­hind the US, which took Con­tact 50,787 tons the writ­ers of lob­ster at from ru­inanzhang@ Canada worth C$1.4 bil­lion chi­nadai­ in 2017.

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.

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