Trudeau worried China could target imports of other Canadian products

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's worried China could block imports of other Canadian products, in addition to its recent rejection of canola shipments.

Speaking to reporters Thursday in France, Trudeau says he will see if it's appropriate to have a conversation directly with China's President Xi Jinping about a number of bilateral difficulties later this month at the G20 summit in Japan.

Relations between Canada and China have deteriorated since the December arrest in Vancouver of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou at the behest of the United States.

China was outraged by Meng's arrest and has since detained two Canadians on allegations of espionage and sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related convictions.

Chinese authorities have also blocked imports of Canadian canola seeds, alleging they found pests in shipments, and increased their inspections of pork.

New data released Thursday from Statistics Canada show that exports of canola fell 14.7 per cent in April after China started turning away Canadian canola seed.