It’s been dubbed the ‘Dalai Lama effect.’ According to a recent study, countries whose senior officials meet with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader are punished with fewer exports to China.
The study authors, Andreas Fuchs and Nils-Hendrik Klann from the University of Gottingen in Germany examined exports from 159 countries. They found that after a meeting with the Dalai Lama, countries’ exports to China suffered by an average of 8.1 percent.
Machinery and transport equipment suffered the most consistent decline. The effect began when Chinese leader Hu Jintao took office in 2002, usually wearing off after two years.
The study authors wanted to examine the impact of the rising role of the Chinese regime in the world. They found politics plays a large role in its commercial dealings with other countries.