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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

4/12/2004

Good Call

Prime Minister Paul Martin will meet with the Dalai Lama during his visit to Canada, which begins next week.

Martin will become the first Canadian prime minister to meet with the Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, even though such a meeting will undoubtedly raise the ire of China.
http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/04/12/canada/dalailama040412
As a general matter of policy it would make a good deal of sense for Canada to keep a quiet, but clear, pressure on China regarding human rights. Seeing the Dalai Lama sends the right message.

China is going to be changing a lot in the next two decades as wealth brings increasing resentment of the "Party's" political control. In Hong Kong there are already signs of what is in store as people who are used to having control over their lives chafe under the antique apparatus of the Chinese state.

It would be a good thing for Canada to be on the side of reform even if it does hurt our trade a bit.