Friday, July 28, 2006

Bilateral Relations: China upset over Canada's decision to gran citizenship to Dalai Lama

China is threatening to use its economic muscle in retaliation over Canada's decision to grant honorary citizenship on the Dalai Lama.

Zang Weidong, minister-counsellor at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, said China has relayed its disapproval to the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and demanded that Canada continue to recognize Tibet as a part of China.

China is Canada's second-largest trading partner and Zang hinted that Canada's decision could bring economic repercussions.