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  • January 7, 2016  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    When Pierre-Elliott Trudeau was elected prime minister of Canada in June of 1968, one of his prime foreign policy objectives was to establish diplomatic relations between Canada and the Peoples’ Republic of China, and in the process contribute to the closer integration of China into the international world order. This initiative led to more than 30 years of flourishing Canada-China relations...
  • January 6, 2016  |  Author: Joseph Caron
    It’s time to reset Canada’s relations with China. Canada has always been actively and positively open to the world, because it must. For the past half-century, China has taken its place among our most important international partners, and has become central to our foreign policy. John Diefenbaker expanded trade and opened the immigration doors to China, Pierre Trudeau established diplomatic...
  • December 21, 2015  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    The election in Canada of a majority Liberal government on October 19 headed by 43-year old Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has engendered a sense of anticipation regarding a more activist role for Canada internationally. For Canada-China relations, the assumption of power by Trudeau fils provides a new opportunity to re-energize the bilateral relationship. It was Trudeau’s father, Pierre-Elliott...
  • November 23, 2015  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    The newly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that the Liberal Government has inherited from its Conservative predecessors is coming under increasing scrutiny. Among the many areas that will be examined is Chapter 18, where the Intellectual Property (IP) provisions of the Agreement are outlined. (TPP IP Chapter). IP is one of the areas where the anti-TPP forces have focused much of their...
  • November 19, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    This week, the annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum – APEC – will be held in Manila. Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could not ask for a better opportunity to refresh Canada’s relationship with Asia than this high-profile meeting of regional leaders. Despite being a “Pacific nation,” with about 60 per cent of all new immigration originating in Asia and...
  • November 17, 2015  |  Author: Yves Tiberghien
    Like the G-20 summit last year in Brisbane, Australia, the upcoming gathering Nov. 15-16 in Antalya, Turkey will be remembered for keeping the grouping of the world's largest economies alive rather than for any transformative outcomes. The next summit should be altogether different. With uncertainties growing about global growth and China's economic rebalancing, the stakes will be high. However...
  • November 12, 2015  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    With the election of Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, much of the policy framework that has defined the last decade or so of Stephen Harper’s government will be subjected to close scrutiny—none more so than Canada’s China policy. Now that Mr. Trudeau has met Chinese President Xi Jinping, where at the Antalya Summit in Turkey he is reported to have said that Canada now has an opportunity to set a...
  • November 6, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    For a country that considers itself a nation of free traders, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should be an easy sell. It is the largest, most ambitious trade deal in the world. It effectively lowers tariffs and sets common standards for 12 countries that represent a combined market of $28.5 trillion, or 40 per cent of the global economy. But Canadians have been slow to embrace the TPP. Our...
  • September 26, 2015  |  Authors: Yves Tiberghien, Wang Yong
    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday meets with President Barack Obama at the White House. The meeting of the leaders of the world’s two largest economies is crucial for both countries, for Canada and for the world. China-U.S. relations are being buffeted by issues such as cybersecurity and the growing strategic rivalry between the established superpower and the rising power. Complex...
  • September 25, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    China’s response to its recent stock market crash has been described as fumbling or clumsy, with many in the Western media deriding Chinese policy-makers as inept and accusing them of completely losing control, making the market uninvestable. Some have gone even further, describing a country in the midst of a financial meltdown and reeling from an exodus of investment and export flows to Asia’s...
  • August 26, 2015  |  Author: Yves Tiberghien
    What is the significance of China’s surprise devaluation of the renminbi and the subsequent shockwaves across foreign exchange markets, stock markets and commodity markets. After a string of bad economic results at the weekend, China's central bank has devalued its currency, the yuan, by two per cent. Beijing says it's a move toward currency reform, but many simply see it as a way of protecting...
  • August 20, 2015  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    Every year for more than a decade, the Vancouver-based Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC), has conducted its National Opinion Poll on the attitude of Canadians towards Asia. In 2014, the Foundation had to do some heavy soul-searching in the face of what appeared to be growing negative views about Asia and its importance to Canada, despite the country’s increasing trade and investment with...
  • August 5, 2015  |  Authors: Eva Busza, Heather Kincaide
    On July 17, Canada’s premiers released the Canadian Energy Strategy following the Council of the Federation meeting in St. John’s, Nfld. Among the many actions outlined in the strategy, the provinces and territories have committed to encouraging the development of energy technology that makes the production and use of energy cleaner and more efficient. While the types of domestic cooperation...
  • July 29, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    In his bestseller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, author Michael Lewis quotes Bill James, arguably the key disruptor of traditional baseball thinking: “If you challenge conventional wisdom, you will find ways to do things much better than they are currently done.” Canada is at a pivot point with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and we will be forced to challenge conventional wisdom...
  • June 25, 2015  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    An interesting meeting took place in Toronto this month: ABAC came to town. While it barely registers on the radar of most Canadian businesses, the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Advisory Council is fast becoming one of the premier business councils in the Asia Pacific region. APEC itself is made up of 21 countries and represents 2.8 billion people, 57 per cent of the world's...
  • June 12, 2015  |  Author: Kasi Rao
    When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down in Ottawa in mid-April, it represented a landmark moment in the Canada-India relationship. While past visits to Canada by Indian Prime Ministers have been multilateral in nature, like Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit in 2010 at the time of the G-20 meetings, PM Modi's bilateral visit was the first in over four decades and occurred within the first...
  • May 16, 2015  |  Author: Yves Tiberghien
    Canada's relationship with Southeast Asia is critical for the future of British Columbia's and the nation's economy. Vancouver recently played host to a dialogue with this next giant of Asia, where that relationship was hopefully improved as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held its 12th senior officials meeting with Canadian government representatives. It is a mistake to under-...
  • May 13, 2015  |  Author: Joseph Caron
    Japanese Prime Minister Abe's three-day visit to Washington will be seen as one of the more consequential diplomatic events of 2015. Its results, in matters of defence, measurably expand the effective scope of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, both substantively and geographically. It is a reset that is imposed by new geopolitical realities, and thus deserves a great deal...
  • May 6, 2015  |  Author: Eva Busza
    When it comes to Asia the adage is true: Canada can be considered a trading nation, but not a nation of traders. Less than one per cent of small and medium-sized businesses in Canada export to Asia. Some argue that by their very nature, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are too small to penetrate Asia's many large and diverse markets. However, as Canadian SMEs make up the backbone of our...
  • May 5, 2015  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    Philippines President Benigno Aquino will make an official visit to Canada May 7 to 9. After stopping in Ottawa, he will visit Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, all cities with sizeable Philippine communities. The visit could not be more timely. This year the Republic of the Philippines chairs the annual APEC process and will play host to the APEC summit in Manila in November. Canada, also an APEC...

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