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Ambassador of Canada Visits Tibet

October 4, 2013

Beijing - Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s Ambassador to China, visited the Tibet Autonomous Region last week, from September 25 to 28, 2013. During his visit to Lhasa and Shigatse Prefecture, he met with provincial and local officials to discuss developments in Tibet, including the human and religious rights situation.

In Shigatse, Ambassador Saint-Jacques visited a bakery run by the non-governmental organization Braille Without Borders in collaboration with the Tibet Disabled People's Federation, which was built with support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives and provides training to young Tibetans who are blind or visually impaired.

The Ambassador deepened his understanding of the historical, religious and contemporary context in Tibet through visits and discussions with monks at the Jokhang Temple, as well as the Tashilhunpo and Sera monasteries and Potala Palace.

This was Ambassador Saint-Jacques’s first trip to Tibet. The previous visit to Tibet by a Canadian ambassador was in October 2011.

Media may contact:

(English and French enquiries)
Mary Anne Dehler 
Counsellor, Head of Public Affairs
Tel: (86-10) 5139-4046
Fax: (86-10) 5139-4454

(Chinese enquiries)
Duan Yan
Media Relations Officer
Canadian Embassy, Beijing
Tel: (86-10) 5139-4045
Fax: (86-10) 5139-4454


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