Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Keenleyside, T. A.,


Political Science, International Law and Relations.




The purpose of this study is to examine human rights as a factor in Canada-China relations, especially in the context of the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 1989. Chapter One explores differing Canadian and Chinese perspectives on human rights and discusses the concept of "first priority rights" as a basis for formulating Canada's human rights policies towards China and other countries. Chapter Two traces the development of Canada-China relations, especially from 1970 to 1989, and discusses the evolution of the theme of human rights in Canadian foreign policy. Chapter Three explores the specifics of the Canadian response to the Tiananmen Square massacre. Chapter Four details the implementation of the Canadian measures as described in the preceding chapter, while Chapter Five attempts to account for the Canadian government's unwillingness to fully execute its stated plan of action directed against the Chinese government. Chapter Six, summarizes the findings and sets out some prescriptions for Canada's China policy. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .G42. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-06, page: 1561. Adviser: T. A. Keenleyside. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.