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VANCOUVER, BC – November 10, 2015 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) and The University of British Columbia (UBC) are proud to present Canada-China Engagement: The 45th Anniversary, a celebration November 12, 2015, of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and China.
The daylong discussion among witnesses and practitioners from both Canada and China includes panel sessions on the past, present and future of this significant bilateral relationship, and begins with opening remarks from UBC President Dr. Martha Piper, APF Canada Chair Dr. David Emerson and the Executive Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, and former Ambassador of China to Canada, H.E. Lu Shumin.
“Canada’s relationship with China has been characterized by deep cultural links rooted in the vast Chinese diaspora in Canada, and more recently by a number of key economic agreements,” said Prof. Yves Tiberghien, Director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and a Senior Fellow with APF Canada. “This event brings together Canadian and Chinese government, academic and business leaders for an important dialogue about the future of that special relationship.”
The Canada-China Engagement: The 45th Anniversary event at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues on the university’s Point Grey campus will also feature the unveiling of a special book on 100 years of UBC-China relations, along with a new UBC White Paper on Canada-China relations.
“China is going to be increasingly important to Canada, and its rising middle class will define consumption patterns coming from the Asia Pacific region for decades to come,” said Stewart Beck, President and CEO of APF Canada. “In order to seize these new opportunities and be relevant and effective in the region, we need to understand China, its players and policies – events like this provide a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of China, while leveraging our historic relationships for deeper engagement in the future.”
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About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada:
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada's relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada's catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia’s bridge to Canada.
A leader in research and analysis on Canada-Asia relations for over 30 years, APF Canada partners with government, business leaders, academics, and opinion makers in Canada and across the Asia Pacific region to offer clear, specific, and actionable policy advice.
Established by an Act of Parliament in 1984, APF Canada's thematic priorities include: promoting trade, investment, and innovation; mobilizing energy assets; building skills and competencies; and, understanding Asia now. Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca
About the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research:
Built and expanded over 40 years, the Institute of Asian Research serves as a hub for research, teaching, policy support, and community engagement on Asia at UBC.
The Institute of Asian Research (IAR) aims to foster closer understanding and human networks between Asia and North America. It is this cross-Pacific relationship that will have a defining impact on the future global challenges of our common world.
The IAR is the focal point on Asia policy and current affairs at The University of British Columbia (UBC). The Institute seeks to build knowledge that supports deep understanding and effective action in addressing a wide range of domestic, regional and global problems centered on Asia. IAR advances this mission through five major activities:
- Teaching (Asia oriented policy degree)
- Network-building across the university and with scholarly communities elsewhere
- Community interaction
- Policy engagement
In 2015, the IAR became one of the two co-founding partners of the new Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC (www.mppga.ubc.ca). The two-year, professional Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program is the first general professional degree in global public policy offered by UBC.
The program was jointly developed on behalf of two faculties (Arts and Science) and three institutes, Institute of Asian Research (IAR), Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), and Liu Institute for Global Issues (Liu).
Visit the IAR at www.iar.ubc.ca/