Ontario Liberals are defending their plans for a trade mission to China despite international outrage over the communist country's human rights record.
With the Olympic games being held in Beijing this summer, China and its stance on Tibet has been the focus of numerous protests around the world.
That's all the more reason for Ontario to engage China, said Trade Minister Sandra Pupatello who will be going to the country with a delegation to meet with companies interested in doing business in the province.
"I firmly believe the world will be better the more Ontario is in the world," she told reporters Tuesday. "Those who have travelled from past governments of Ontario have all recognized the world is better the more that Canada is in it," she told reporters Tuesday.
She said she will likely raise the issue about Tibet in private discussions with the Chinese officials who will be hosting her visit.
Her role on the mission will focus on economic development rather than human rights but she said that she believes human rights are a concern for Canada.