Canada-Asia Agenda

Monthly expert analysis of topical and policy-relevant issues on Canada’s political, economic and security relations with Asia.
In 2014 Indonesian voters will select a new government in a series of legislative and presidential elections. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), who has governed for 10 years, will be replaced. The  presidential front-runner Joko Widodo, the popular governor of Jakarta, is a new face linked to neither the Suharto regime nor transition periods. Canadian business interests will want to monitor the...
April 07, 2014
When Ottawa moved to reinvigorate relations with Southeast Asia in 2012, there was some scepticism whether the full-court press on this neglected sub-region would have staying power. As the flurry of high-level ministerial visits continued through 2013, we should ask how the efficacy of these efforts can be measured beyond the frequency of dialogues, media statements, and declarations? Is Canada...
March 19, 2014
Hugh Stephens and Douglas Goold examine Taiwan’s expressed desire to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and President Ma’s request for Canadian support for Taiwanese membership. They conclude that it would be in Canada’s interest to support Taiwan’s participation under certain conditions. These conditions relate to timing, specifically the need to conclude the TPP with the...
March 12, 2014
In November 2013, observers in Canada and around the world watched as Bangkok again became embroiled in weeks of protests led by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), which lobbied to stop Thailand’s national election and replace its parliament with a non-elected national assembly. As support for the PDRC’s cause mounted and Bangkok started shutting down, the Thai national elections in...
February 17, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo recently caused a stir by visiting the Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates those who have lost their lives in service to Japan, including 14 Class-A war criminals. In this issue of Canada-Asia Agenda, former Canadian Ambassador to both China and Japan, Joseph Caron, assesses Japan’s foreign policy under Abe. He argues that the act of simply visiting the shrine...
January 29, 2014
This special edition of Canada-Asia Agenda focuses on recent changes and reforms in Japan spearheaded by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was reelected to a second term in office in December 2012. It includes a lively exchange of views and opinions between four Japan-based experts who track Japanese politics and have been analyzing the nature and impact of Abe's policy initiatives. This edition has...
December 17, 2013
On October 18, Canada and the EU announced an agreement on the provisions of a Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA). The concessions that Canada was willing to make for the CETA may indicate a path forward in terms of finding the balance necessary to achieve a winning outcome with Asia Pacific countries, especially through Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. This article argues that as Canada...
December 12, 2013
The newest set of Arctic promoters come from Asia and their engagement in the region has revitalized interest in Arctic development as well as in the existing governance mechanisms. Canada has been quite passive about East Asia’s commercial interests in the Arctic, an approach that underestimates the constructive, long-term role that China, Japan and Korea can and likely will play in the Far...
May 14, 2013
The main link between Canada and the Philippines rests on the 600,000 or so Filipinos who now call Canada home. The significant Filipino population in Canada has gained growing attention in the context of Canada’s deepening engagement with Asia. This piece explores the human connection between Canada and the Philippines and highlights migration issues that could impact future generations of...
April 04, 2013
The 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is set to start in Beijing on November 8, 2012.  Despite every effort to project an image of stability, events of the past year have been anything but routine. In analyzing the congress agenda and leadership contenders, author Jeremy Paltiel argues that given the negative spotlight from recent scandals, the next generation of leaders will...
November 07, 2012

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