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CTC testifies before Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs

April 27, 2018

Ottawa, April 19, 2018 - Speaking before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Canada Tibet Committee today urged the Government of Canada to increase its engagement with China around the issue of Tibet.

The CTC recommendations, presented by spokesperson Carole Samdup, were made to the parliamentary committee in the context of its ongoing study titled "Strengthening Canada's engagement with Asia". 

"Canada's close relationship with China offers multiple opportunities to talk about the situation in Tibet" said Sherap Therchin, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee. "The CTC urges the government to take advantage of those opportunities as it seeks to increase its influence in Asia."

In her remarks to the Committee, Samdup highlighted four areas where Canada is well-placed to play a more active role in support of Tibet: efforts to renew the Sino-Tibetan dialogue; cooperation with China to address climate challenges in Tibet; commitment to undertake a human rights impact assessment of the proposed free trade agreement with China; and action to ensure reciprocal diplomatic access to Tibet.

Committee members traveled to China in December 2017 as part of the study.  The study will conclude with a report to Parliament that will make recommendations to the Government of Canada.

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