Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dalai Lama Angst

China has a lot of influence over what has been transpiring in Burma. It is no coincidence that the Security Council condemnation of the recent crackdown there was endorsed by China in an unexpected move. A lot of flak has been coming China's way for being on the wrong side of issues in Sudan (Darfur), Zimbabwe and Myanmar, to name but a few. Often access to resources such as oil is at the heart of dubious foreign policy. Yet Canada too may be on the wrong course in Afghanistan. So who can point at who? To-day Stephen Harper is to meet with the Dalai Lama to howls of chinese ambassadorial angst. Talk about putting oil on stormy waters. Looks like poor Sino-Canadian relations will continue for some time to come.