China exploits trade ties for political benefit

6th December 2012

International trading partners feel chill if they meet the Dalai Lama

This week’s UK television expose on the British government forcing its minsters to snub the Dalai Lama raised many questions about China’s use of power.

A 2010 report by the Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research found evidence of a trade-deteriorating effect of meetings with the Dalai Lama, particularly since 2002.

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The report, Paying A Visit: The Dalai Lama Effect on International Trade, said that ‘Chinese trade relations are not free of political biases and the country seems to exploit trade ties as a foreign policy tool.’

It was revealed this week that the British Government stepped in to stop two ministers from attending a private lunch with the Dalai Lama in June as the government was involved in trade negotiations with China at the time.

The ministers responded by saying that this was “tantamount to saying that British foreign policy on Tibet is whatever China wants it to be”.

China’s growing influence on the global stage surely means that the British government is not the only one guilty of this.

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