Canada’s business ties with China must be shielded from diplomatic spat, business leader says

Canada’s business ties with China must be shielded from diplomatic spat, business leader says

The head of one of Canada’s biggest business lobby groups says he has conveyed to Canada’s ambassador in China that the diplomatic rift between Beijin

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The head of one of Canada’s biggest business lobby groups says he has conveyed to Canada’s ambassador in China that the diplomatic rift between Beijing and Ottawa shouldn’t affect business ties between the two countries.Story continues belowGoldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, told The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson that he recently met with ambassador John McCallum and that the pair discussed various matters related to Canada’s relationship with China.READ MORE: Senior Huawei Canada executive to leave company as scrutiny mountsHyder said the conversation touched on how to shield Canadian-Chinese business relationships from the diplomatic spat sparked by Canada’s arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the behest of the U.S.“We’re trying to ensure during this period that business communities on both sides are able to continue to some extent with a business-as-usual model, and we want to make sure that our business community is able to continue to travel and their business community is able to continue travel,” Hyder said.“A lot of business happens with China so you can’t just stop and start every time there’s a diplomatic rift. You clearly have to find a way to keep battling through it.”WATCH: Trudeau comments on ‘arbitrary and unfair’ detention of Canadian citizens in China

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