Monthly expert analysis of topical and policy-relevant issues on Canada’s political, economic and security relations with Asia.
Climate change may be the most significant environmental challenge the world has ever faced, according to Environment Canada. There is now scientific consensus that global warming, the change taking place in our atmosphere that is altering our climate, is both a real and serious threat to the well-being of life on earth. This was recognized by most of the world’s nations when they signed...
March 22, 2000
When International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew offered Canada as the site for the next round of Ministerial meetings of the World Trade Organization (WTO), he signaled Canada’s continuing interest in the pursuit of a multilateral trade liberalization agenda. The challenge is to find a way to get the stalled process back on track. WTO members are committed under the terms of the 1994...
February 17, 2000
When representatives of 150 nations gather in Seattle at the end of this month for the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), one issue raised in corridor meetings will be “where does APEC go from here?” Despite its high-profile annual gathering of regional leaders, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum has been singularly unsuccessful at achieving what most...
November 30, 1999
The growing diversity of Canada’s Asian community is leading to a misconception by some Canadian companies about the business connections of young Asian Canadians. Matching this is a concern among some locally educated Asian Canadians that they are being pigeonholed into “Asian expert” roles for which they are unqualified. They believe some managers wrongly assume that all Asian...
September 01, 1999
Globalization is pushing aside national borders in all areas of economic activity, including government-to-government relations. Changes in the forms and areas in which developed states work with less-developed countries are challenging traditional concepts of official development assistance (ODA). New ways of delivering assistance have emerged in areas of need that were barely recognized a...
July 01, 1999
Only a few countries appeared able to ride out the turbulence as the shockwaves of financial collapse and recession roiled through East and Southeast Asia last year. Among them were Vietnam and the Philippines - neither major economies and both among the laggards in Southeast Asian development during the booming 1980s and 90s. In all the turmoil, Vietnam saw growth in its relatively closed...
June 01, 1999
CHINA-Growing social unrest is fed by rising unemployment as the country faces its slowest economic growth in a decade.JAPAN-How “international” is the yen now and what impact will these changes have on the use of the yen in global finance and trade?
April 01, 1999
JAPAN: Economic recession is seen as a crisis only outside of Japan.CANADA: How new policies on immigration and refugees will affect international business.
February 01, 1999
APEC 98: Disappointment following APEC meeting in Kuala Lumpur.ASIA: Transparency is not the Asian way.
November 01, 1998
CHINA: At a time when the economy might be in danger of cooling off rapidly, China is pushing ahead with perhaps its most ambitious economic modernizations–reform of state-owned enterprises and of its housing sector.MALAYSIA: The economic outlook is fast deteriorating and a dirty political fight among its leaders is adding to the uncertainty, at least to those outside the country.
September 01, 1998