Harper's Hard Line With China Is Costing Canada Millions
Harper hits Chinese Wall
Published: Thursday, November 16, 2006
Since the day he took office, Prime Minister Stephan Harper has publically taken a very hard line with China on a number of issues. Harper was warned to be cautious on how he deals with the People' Republic of China lest it hurts trade with that nation.
Harper and his Conservatives did not listen. He allowed hard line right wingers like Jason Kenney to be openly critical of China and the chickens have come home to roost.
"In 2006, over 28.8 million Chinese tourists travelled abroad and figures are expected to be 17% higher for 2007. Only 139,000 visited Canada, though, as Chinese can only get business, student and family visas for travel here. There are 134 countries on the ADS list for Chinese tourists. Mr. Emerson would not discuss why Canada is not on it, although Beijing has complained in the past about Ottawa's criticism of China's human rights violations."
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