Canada-Asia Agenda

Monthly expert analysis of topical and policy-relevant issues on Canada’s political, economic and security relations with Asia.
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, working...
July 24, 2014
Water insecurity due to increased demand and pollution is becoming a major issue for China as it continues to develop. In this issue of Canada-Asia Agenda, Yunnan Chen assesses the factors behind China’s water insecurity, the domestic politics that complicate the issue, and some possible implications for Canada.  For the print version of this article, please click here. Yunnan Chen holds degrees...
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.  For a print version of this article, please click here. Anjali Thomas Bohlken is an assistant professor in...
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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