The Canadian government’s arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of U.S. authorities prompted outrage in China—along with seemingly retaliatory arrests of several Canadian citizens. There have also been calls on social media to boycott all Canadian brands.
The tension could conceivably also affect canola imports. Though it is yet unclear if there could be specific government retaliation, China is one of the main importers of the crop. Official moves might not be seen, however, as Chinese authorities have decried the politicization of this case, particularly after the White House teased the prospect of using the Wanzhou case as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations.