Canada-Asia Agenda

Monthly expert analysis of topical and policy-relevant issues on Canada’s political, economic and security relations with Asia.
In Hong Kong, a famously non-political metropolis, it has been truly remarkable to see tens of thousands occupying three key locations in the city for over a week with myriads of creative posters, entertainment, and colours. Traffic has been brought to a halt, pollution has suddenly dipped, and a sense of traditional community has invaded the core of one of the planet’s top financial centers....
October 09, 2014
October 1, 2014 marked 65 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. For the past 35 of those years, China has transformed itself by integrating into the global market system and embracing the newest information technologies. These same information technologies – especially transnational satellite television in the 1990s and social media in the early 2010s – are seen as helping...
October 08, 2014
Last year marked a notable thaw in Japan-Russia bilateral ties after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prioritized improving relations with Moscow. Abe has reinforced this policy with several summit meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and an unprecedented dialogue between foreign and defence ministers. But Moscow’s actions in Ukraine in recent months have put Japan in a diplomatically...
July 30, 2014
On June 18 of this year, Canada held talks with the Chinese government on establishing an offshore trading hub for the Chinese renminbi (RMB) (Chinese currency) in Canada. On the same day, the China Construction Bank became London's authorized RMB clearing bank, while on the following day, the Bank of China became authorized as Frankfurt's clearing bank. Between January and June 2014...
July 24, 2014
Water insecurity may be the biggest roadblock to China’s economic and social development in the coming decades. The country’s per-capita water supply is only about 25% of the world average, and it faces a water shortfall of around 40 billion cubic metres per year. Furthermore, growing demand from China’s economic boom and population growth, along with pollution of its water sources, have raised...
May 21, 2014
On May 16 the results of India’s 18th national elections will be announced. In this edition of Canada-Asia Agenda, Anjali Thomas Bohlken provides an overview of the key election issues, the candidates, the electoral process and its challenges, and the implications for Canada and the world.
May 05, 2014
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

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