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  • April 22, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s whirlwind visit to Canada last week—the first bilateral visit by an Indian prime minister in 42 years—saw the completion of several memoranda of understanding in a range of areas, including civil aviation, rail regulation, space co-operation, education and health. And while the three-day visit to Ottawa, Toronto and Ontario resulted in a number of key initiatives...
  • April 21, 2015  |  Author: Arvind Gupta
    China is opening its doors to meaningful two-way engagement at an unprecedented level. That may be a sweeping statement, but on my fifth trip (April 2-12), and my first as president of UBC, this impression seemed undeniable. Our delegation, which for part of the trip included B.C. Minister for Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson, was greeted everywhere with enthusiasm and a palpable sense of...
  • April 15, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    At a recent meeting of Indian provincial environment and forestry ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that nuclear energy will play a critical role in helping the country to meet both its energy security and climate change mitigation goals. He stressed the need for developed countries to help India increase its nuclear energy production capacity by making nuclear fuels readily available...
  • April 13, 2015  |  Authors: Vivek Dehejia, Rupa Subramanya
    For the first time in more than 40 years, a sitting prime minister of India will make an official visit to Canada this month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party that he heads won a landslide election in May 2014, ousting the centre-left Congress party and giving India its most business-friendly government in a decade: one committed to boosting growth, creating jobs, and...
  • April 13, 2015  |  Author: Saumitra Chaudhuri
    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Canada this month. He will be visiting Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver in the first bilateral visit in four decades (though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in Toronto in 2010 for the G20 summit). Since Prime Minister Harper's visit to India in November 2012, there has been a significant change in relations between Canada and India. Still,...
  • April 7, 2015  |  Author: Douglas Goold
    Canada should take full advantage of the just-announced visit to Canada by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a political rock star who is arguably the most important Indian leader in a generation. Modi will be visiting Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver from April 14 to 16 for what is, remarkably, the first bilateral visit of an Indian prime minister since Indira Gandhi's trip in 1973. The 8,000...
  • March 31, 2015  |  Author: Yves Tiberghien
    The announcement March 12 that the UK would join the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) ignited an intense debate around the world and in Canada. Luxembourg preceded the UK on March 11, Switzerland followed on March 13. France, Germany, Italy joined the movement on March 16. Since then, Austria, Turkey, and South Korea have committed to join the Bank and Australia has given...
  • March 19, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    When Canadians think of economic opportunities in Asia, most think of emerging economies with impressive projected growth rates and large GDPs, like China and India, or of more established economies, like Japan or Korea.  What most of us don’t think of is a group of economies in Southeast Asia known as the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). While the growth rate of China is...
  • March 19, 2015  |  Author: Saumitra Chaudhuri
    Since the historic federal budget of 1991 presented by then Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh that launched India on a path of reform and market orientation, Budget Day in India has been high season for economic policy. On the last day of February each year, India’s Finance Minister announces the government’s major economic policies that often spark separate legislative activities and send...
  • March 5, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    Crude oil prices have dropped more than 50 per cent since June to around US$50 per barrel, causing some analysts to predict doom and gloom for Canada's oil and gas industry and economy as a whole. Newspapers across the country have highlighted layoffs, delays in new projects, and provincial budget deficits as oil sands producers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export proponents cut costs to...
  • March 4, 2015  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    Canada and Australia share much of the same heritage and history, and these days Prime Ministers Harper and Abbott seem to be each other's best friends, but their strategies in Asia couldn't be further apart, at least when it comes to concrete results. Australia grasped the reality some time ago that its future is inexorably linked with Asia. Australia, like Canada, still looks to the United...
  • January 26, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was a keynote speaker at Vibrant Gujarat recently, and U.S. President Barack Obama will be Chief Guest at India's Republic Day ceremonies next week. My, how the tides have changed in the India-U.S. relationship! It seems like just yesterday that animosity between the two countries reached a peak with the Kobragade affair. Of course, there are larger issues at...
  • January 7, 2015  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    When it comes to international institutions, we live in a world of acronyms. AIIB is just the newest one among many, but it is one that Canada should be paying attention to. Why? Because it will be a key that unlocks the door to a world of opportunity for Canadian businesses in Asia. AIIB stands for China's proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a multilateral development bank that will...
  • November 28, 2014  |  Authors: Justin Elavathil, Trang Nguyen
    The landscape for trade diplomacy in Asia is rapidly changing, and Canada will need to ratchet-up its game in 2015 if it wants to remain apace with its partners in the region. Perhaps it seems downbeat to characterize Canada as playing catch-up in the region given the government’s recent achievements with trading partners in Asia. For some, 2014 could be viewed as a banner year for trade...
  • November 28, 2014  |  Authors: Eva Busza, Kyae Lim Kwon
    On the last day of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing, in the Great Hall of the People, United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping toasted to the momentous climate deal they had just struck. The US committed to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025, and for the first time China accepted a cap on its emissions, pledging...
  • November 17, 2014  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The APEC summit has only just ended, but like the return of hazy skies over Beijing, clouds of uncertainty surrounding the regional forum have again drifted overhead. This is familiar weather for APEC, a grouping that has faced questions about its future for well over a decade. On the face of it, China’s year of hosting APEC has given a level of attention to the regional grouping that should...
  • November 17, 2014  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    It was perhaps only a matter of time before Chinese President Xi Jinping shared his idea of transforming the China dream into an ‘Asia-Pacific dream’. Xi’s announcement was timely, as the PRC’s role in the Asia-Pacific region is larger, broader, and more heavily contested than ever.President Xi made the announcement during a speech to industry leaders at the opening of the Asia Pacific Economic...
  • October 30, 2014  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    Two months after leaving India as Canada’s High Commissioner, I returned two weeks ago as part of British Columbia Premier Christy Clark’s official delegation to the country. Stepping out into the hot and humid Delhi night, everything looked the same but there was certainly a sense of change in the air: everyone from taxi drivers, to business people and politicians seem to feel a new confidence...
  • October 24, 2014  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    Asia, a major driver of global economic growth, is both a source of competitive imports but increasingly an important destination for exports for the Canadian economy, a growing market for resource-based commodities but also agri-food products, specialized manufactures, financial and other services and, potentially, energy. British Columbia sends 44 percent of its exports to Asia, the highest...
  • October 14, 2014  |  Authors: Eva Busza, Nathan Allen
    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is planning a trade mission to China this October. While the premier wants to spread the word about Ontario’s green tech sector, some of her constituents want her to cancel the trip to send a message on human rights. Critics think she should cancel the trip in solidarity with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protestors. Writing for the Toronto Sun, veteran columnist...

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