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Canada, China talks on canola spat end for now without deal

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Talks between Canadian and Chinese officials have ended in Beijing without China backing down from plans to toughen the inspection standard on canola shipments, leaving C$2 billion ($1.54 billion) worth of trade in jeopardy ahead of a visit by Canada's prime minister.

Discussions will continue between the governments, and resolving the issue is a priority for Ottawa, said Guy Gallant, spokesman for Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.