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  • December 2, 2007  |  Authors: Yuen Pau Woo, Kenny Zhang
    The recent release of 2006 census data has reinforced Canada’s image as a nation of immigrants. Less well know, however, is the outmigration of Canadians, including recent immigrants who return to their native countries after obtaining Canadian status. Research by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada suggests that there are perhaps 2.7 million Canadians abroad. As a share of the population,...
  • November 1, 2007  |  Authors: Paul Evans, David Chan
    Atlantic Canada has been debating the merits of an Atlantic Gateway strategy to boost container trade with Asia through the region’s ports. On October 14, the four Atlantic Provinces and the federal government finally signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Atlantic Gateway that lays out a 24- month program to further study the opportunity, consult the private sector and develop an action...
  • October 6, 2007  |  Author: George Heller
    The Chinese manufacturing engine is showing stress factures as the days of easy money to be made by North American companies from outsourcing production are largely behind us. The spate of product recalls and health scares over toys, tires, toothpaste and pet food in the past few months are the warning signals. And while there is finger pointing at the Chinese Government and manufacturers for the...
  • September 19, 2007  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The opening of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal this week marks an important new step in strengthening British Columbia’s relationship with Asia. The new facility, which will handle up to 500,000 TEUs of container cargo annually, promises to cut the sailing time for vessels from East Asia to North America by almost three days compared to other west coast ports such as Los Angeles-Long...
  • August 28, 2007  |  Author: Ryan Touhey
    As articles and commentaries appear to mark the 60th anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan, few mention the curious role that Canada’s government played as ‘midnight’s children’ were born. Canada today has a significant South Asian diaspora community, and a long-standing political relationship with India and Pakistan that stems from Ottawa’s decision to recognize both countries on...
  • November 17, 2006  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Asia, with its booming markets and dynamic manufacturing, represents an increasingly attractive opportunity for Manitoba. However, to take advantage of this opportunity and to maximize the province’s strategic location in North America, Manitoba must ensure that it has the efficient transport systems and trade policies needed to mesh with the networks linking to the commercial centres of Asia....
  • October 2, 2006  |  Authors: Yuen Pau Woo, Don J. DeVoretz
    The recent evacuation of foreign nationals in Lebanon has ignited a debate about Canadians living overseas that is useful in some senses, but also deeply misleading. Most Canadians were surprised to find o ut that there were as many as 30,000 of their fellow citizens living in Lebanon, most of whom are Lebanese by birth. This realization has drawn attention to the recent work of Kenny Zhang at...
  • September 20, 2006  |  Author: Paul Evans
    A trip to the mall reveals how Asian products have lowered prices for many of the goods we consume. At the gas pump, higher prices in part reflect Asia’s growing appetite for energy. And at the bank, lending rates are heavily influenced by Chinese and Japanese purchases of American Treasury bonds. Asia’s economic prowess is no longer “out there.” It is a part of everyday life for Canadians across...
  • May 24, 2006  |  Authors: Yuen Pau Woo, Paul Evans
    John Howard of Australia has a record that is the envy of conservative leaders around the world. Recently elected to a fourth term (with an enhanced majority to boot), he has charted a distinctive and largely successful course for Australia’s international relations over the last decade. As the Harper government begins to formulate its own approach to foreign policy, Mr. Howard arrives in Ottawa...
  • March 23, 2006  |  Authors: Yuen Pau Woo, Kenny Zhang
    The immigrant composition of Canada’s population is among the most cherished of national mythologies. More than 18 percent of residents were born outside the country. Politicians routinely speak of diaspora communities in Canada. The International Policy Statement released by the former Liberal government even had a strategy for engaging diaspora communities in Canada’s foreign policy. What has...
  • September 29, 2005  |  Author: Paul Evans
    When Chinese President Hu Jintao departed Vancouver for Beijing last Saturday, he must have had mixed feelings about the success of his North American visit. Stops in Washington and Seattle were cancelled while Americans wrestled with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The President met George Bush and ten other foreign leaders for bilateral meetings in New York around the margins of what was...
  • June 27, 2005  |  Author: Thomas S. Axworthy
    Early in July, the 2005 G-8 Summit of world leaders will take place in Gleneagles, Scotland, and the focus will likely be on the challenges facing Africa. Prime Minister Martin should press for a bilateral objective that has nothing to do with Canada directly, yet could be one ofthe most important foreign policy initiatives in years. Canada should launch a campaign to invite India to become a...
  • February 7, 2005  |  Author: Thomas S. Axworthy
    When Prime Minister Paul Martin lands in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on the last stop of his Asian tour on Saturday, he will be stepping into a pivotal political arena of the 21st century. Hong Kong is in the midst of a political transition and the success of this transition is crucial not only for the seven million residents of Hong Kong, but for the future of China itself. How...
  • February 2, 2005  |  Author: John Wiebe
    International Trade Minister Jim Peterson seemed to swim into politically dangerous waters in China last week when he told Canadian companies they must embrace outsourcing if they are to remain internationally competitive. Controversial or not, he is right. And there is no better example of the need to shift some production offshore so Canada can hang on to its international markets – as well as...
  • January 18, 2005  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Thursday night’s tsunami relief benefit on CBC was heartwarming testimony to the generosity of Canadians, not to mention great entertainment. An array of stars rocked, quipped and coaxed their way into the hearts of viewers to open their pocketbooks for the long-term rehabilitation effort in affected countries of the Indian Ocean rim. The benefit was dubbed “Canada for Asia”, geographic...
  • January 4, 2005  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    At the same time President George W. Bush was leaving Ottawa on his recent visit, Trade Minister Jim Petersen was hosting a consultation on Canada’s emerging markets strategy – effectively a discussion on how to reduce Canada’s trade dependence on the United States. China tops the list of emerging markets and there were announcements last week that Minister Petersen will lead a trade mission to...
  • November 26, 2004  |  Author: Thomas S. Axworthy
    Twenty years ago, Asia was on the move. Japan had shaken off the effects of the second OPEC oil price shock and its cars and electronic goods were flooding world markets. The Asian “Tiger economies” – South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong – were booming. China was bursting to life, discarding the legacy of Mao for the reforms and Open Door policy of its tough little leader, Deng Xiaoping....
  • October 20, 2004  |  Author: John Wiebe
    On the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Canada and Japan can look back with satisfaction on a long-standing friendship that was restored and revived, following the disruption of the war years, primarily through strong trade ties. The postwar trade partnership, which worked so well during the “miracle” years of Japanese growth, has been in decline since the collapse of Japan’s “bubble...
  • October 12, 2004  |  Author: Thomas S. Axworthy
    Twenty years ago, Asia was on the move. Japan had shaken off the effects of the second OPEC oil price shock and its cars and electronic goods were flooding world markets. The Asian “Tiger economies” – South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong – were booming. China was bursting to life, discarding the legacy of Mao for the reforms and Open Door policy of its tough little leader, Deng Xiaoping....
  • October 8, 2004  |  Author: John Wiebe
    China Minmetal Corp.’s proposed takeover of Noranda has excited a vehement negative response in the Canadian media since it was first reported last week. In these pages, Terence Corcoran and Peter Foster, reliable proponents of free markets, have made the case against acquisition. An unlikely chorus of labour leaders and corporate social responsibility proponents has joined them. Politics may...

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