Despite an increased focus on human rights, Canadian exports to China grew by 27 per cent last year, said International Trade Minister David Emerson on Monday. Mr. Emerson said that while this helps square Canada's trade deficit with China, there is still a long way to go. "We're starting to the turn the corner. It's not where you want it to be, but you've got to start somewhere," Mr. Emerson told the Canadian Press. Mr. Emerson also told reporters that while the Chinese are upset over Prime Minister Stephaen Harper's meeting with the Dalai Lama last year, there have been no signs of retaliation against Canadian business interests.