Canada’s Trudeau, U.S. VP Pence meet to talk trade, China and Venezuela

OTTAWA: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is flying to Ottawa on Thursday to speak to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about ratification of the brand new North American commerce settlement and the 2 international locations’ dispute with China.

Will probably be the primary official go to by a senior member of President Donald Trump’s administration to Canada’s capital. Pence will arrive within the late morning and meet with Trudeau at about 1200 ET (1600 GMT).

The principle subject below dialogue would be the United States-Mexico-Canada Settlement (USMCA), which is to interchange the prevailing North American Free Commerce Settlement (NAFTA), a Canadian authorities supply mentioned.

The deal has but to be ratified by any of the three international locations, although Canada formally started the method on Wednesday and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday introduced his authorities’s intention to ship the treaty to Congress for ratification.

Pence – Trump’s level particular person for getting the deal by means of the U.S. Congress – has been touring by means of U.S. states depending on commerce with Canada and Mexico to make the case for the deal, which faces a difficult path forward of presidential and congressional elections subsequent yr.

Some lawmakers within the Democratic-controlled Home of Representatives have mentioned it wants stronger enforcement provisions for brand new labor and environmental requirements.

One other prime merchandise on the Pence-Trudeau assembly can be Canada’s arrest of a prime govt of China-based Huawei Applied sciences Co Ltd, the world’s largest telecoms community gear maker.

Canada arrested Huawei’s chief monetary officer, Meng Wangzhou, on a U.S. warrant in December. China subsequently arrested two Canadians and charged them with espionage and minimize off imports of key Canadian commodities.

Washington has accused Huawei of being tied to China’s authorities, and has successfully banned U.S. corporations from doing enterprise with the corporate for nationwide safety causes.

Pence and Trudeau are additionally anticipated to debate the political disaster in Venezuela. Pence has performed a significant position within the Trump administration’s diplomatic and financial efforts to drive out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Each Washington and Ottawa have backed opposition chief Juan Guaido.

Lastly, Trudeau mentioned on Wednesday he would increase his issues about “backsliding” on girls’s rights in america and elsewhere with Pence, a social conservative and probably the most distinguished American abortion opponents.

“It’s not a prime agenda merchandise, however the topic can be broached,” the Canadian authorities supply mentioned.—Reuters