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PoliticsCanada's Trudeau, U.S. VP Pence meet to talk trade, China and Venezuela

18:35  30 may  2019
18:35  30 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Pence will arrive in the late morning and meet with Trudeau at about 1200 ET (1600 GMT). The main issue under discussion will be the United Pence and Trudeau are also expected to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela . Pence has played a major role in the Trump administration' s diplomatic

FILE PHOTO: Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and United States Vice President Pence meet at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Pence - Trump' s point person for getting the deal through the U . S . Congress - has been traveling through U . S . states dependent on trade with

Canada's Trudeau, U.S. VP Pence meet to talk trade, China and Venezuela© Reuters/Brian Snyder FILE PHOTO: Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and United States Vice President Pence meet at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is flying to Ottawa on Thursday to talk to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about ratification of the new North American trade agreement and the two countries' dispute with China.

It will be the first official visit by a senior member of President Donald Trump's administration to Canada's capital. Pence will arrive in the late morning and meet with Trudeau at about 1200 ET (1600 GMT).

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FILE PHOTO: Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and United States Vice President Pence meet at the National Governors Association summer meeting Pence - Trump' s point person for getting the deal through the U . S . Congress - has been traveling through U . S . states dependent on trade with Canada

U . S . Vice - President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will discuss their joint dispute with China over Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. during a meeting in Ottawa The battle spilled into Canada last year, when the company’ s chief financial officer Meng Wangzhou was arrested on a U

The main issue under discussion will be the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is to replace the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a Canadian government source said.

The deal has yet to be ratified by any of the three countries, though Canada formally began the process on Wednesday and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday announced his government's intention to send the treaty to Congress for ratification.

Pence - Trump's point person for getting the deal through the U.S. Congress - has been traveling through U.S. states dependent on trade with Canada and Mexico to make the case for the deal, which faces a tricky path ahead of presidential and congressional elections next year.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U . S . Vice - President Mike Pence spoke in Ottawa on Thursday ahead of their meeting on ratifying the new USMCA trade deal and discussing the two countries' dispute with China . Pence spoke about the two countries' strong bond

U . S . Vice President Mike Pence and Canada ' s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrive at a news Pence also said U . S . Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would be on Capitol Hill next week to work Just after meeting Trudeau , Pence confirmed that the White House submitted a statement of

Some lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives have said it needs stronger enforcement provisions for new labor and environmental standards.

Another top item at the Pence-Trudeau meeting will be Canada's arrest of a top executive of China-based Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's largest telecoms network gear maker.

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

Washington has accused Huawei of being tied to China's government, and has effectively banned U.S. firms from doing business with the company for national security reasons.

Pence and Trudeau are also expected to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela. Pence has played a major role in the Trump administration's diplomatic and economic efforts to force out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Both Washington and Ottawa have backed opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Finally, Trudeau said on Wednesday he would raise his concerns about "backsliding" on women's rights in the United States and elsewhere with Pence, a social conservative and one of the most prominent American abortion opponents.

"It's not a top agenda item, but the subject will be broached," the Canadian government source said.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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