Friday, November 17, 2006

Human rights or business?

A meeting between PM Mr. Harper and Chinese President Hu Jingtao during APEC was canceled by China, who originally requested the meeting. China's Decision comes amid a cooling in the bilateral relationship as Canada takes an increasingly harder line on China's human rights record. Recently, some of Canadian businesses have expressed concern to the PM' Office about the lack of engagement with China, the emerging economic giant.

The problem for Canada is how to find such a way that we can encourage improvement in democracy and human rights in that country while at the same time do not let our economic interests are unduly jeopardized.