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Canada Tibet Committee releases Parties' views on Tibet and China

April 25, 2011

The Canada Tibet Committee today released the answers of each of the five main political parties to questions posed by the Committee regarding Tibet and China policies. Their answers are posted at

The questions are:

  1. Will your party support a House of Commons motion advocating for freedom of expression in Tibet and China addressing particular concern for the increased arrests of Tibetan and Chinese writers, musicians, bloggers, and intellectuals?

  2. If elected government what would your party's foreign policy be in relation to China-Canada relations and how would human rights form an integral part of that policy?

  3. Over 1.4 million Tibetan nomads and farmers have been involuntarily relocated into fixed settlement homes since 2006. If your party forms government will you call on the government of China to halt to the coercive policy of removing Tibetan nomads from the high-altitude grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau?

  4. Should your party form government will you support environmentally sustainable and culturally appropriate development assistance to Tibet while promoting better water, energy and land-use policies and agreements throughout the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region including China; as well as civil society initiatives for the benefit of Tibetans inside Tibet including nomadic peoples who have been forcibly removed from high-altitude grasslands by Chinese authorities?

  5. Under what conditions, if any, would your party support or facilitate investment by Canadian companies in Tibet?

  6. If elected government, how would your party support the current dialogue between representatives of the Tibet Government-in-Exile and the government of China?

  7. If elected government would your party agree to meet regularly with officials from the Tibet Government-in-Exile as the legitimate representative of the Tibetan people?

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For more information:

Dermod Travis

Canada Tibet Committee


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