Chilly Relations Hurt Tourism

Published: Wednesday, 08/16/2006 12:00 am EDT

Canada has not benefited from the multi-billion dollar Chinese tourism industry, the Globe and Mail reported last week, because negotiations to grant Canada an "Approved Destination Status" for Chinese travellers has stalemated. Beijing has ignored Canadian efforts to continue talks, said Ken Lewis with the Canadian embassy in Beijing. Meanwhile Stephen Harper's Conservative government has not sent any senior cabinet ministers to Beijing, which is furious about several issues including the Dalai Lama's recent granting of honorary citizenship.

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