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  • September 29, 2005  |  Author: Paul Evans
    When Chinese President Hu Jintao departed Vancouver for Beijing last Saturday, he must have had mixed feelings about the success of his North American visit. Stops in Washington and Seattle were cancelled while Americans wrestled with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The President met George Bush and ten other foreign leaders for bilateral meetings in New York around the margins of what was...
  • June 27, 2005  |  Author: Thomas S. Axworthy
    Early in July, the 2005 G-8 Summit of world leaders will take place in Gleneagles, Scotland, and the focus will likely be on the challenges facing Africa. Prime Minister Martin should press for a bilateral objective that has nothing to do with Canada directly, yet could be one ofthe most important foreign policy initiatives in years. Canada should launch a campaign to invite India to become a...
  • February 7, 2005  |  Author: Thomas S. Axworthy
    When Prime Minister Paul Martin lands in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on the last stop of his Asian tour on Saturday, he will be stepping into a pivotal political arena of the 21st century. Hong Kong is in the midst of a political transition and the success of this transition is crucial not only for the seven million residents of Hong Kong, but for the future of China itself. How...
  • February 2, 2005  |  Author: John Wiebe
    International Trade Minister Jim Peterson seemed to swim into politically dangerous waters in China last week when he told Canadian companies they must embrace outsourcing if they are to remain internationally competitive. Controversial or not, he is right. And there is no better example of the need to shift some production offshore so Canada can hang on to its international markets – as well as...
  • January 18, 2005  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Thursday night’s tsunami relief benefit on CBC was heartwarming testimony to the generosity of Canadians, not to mention great entertainment. An array of stars rocked, quipped and coaxed their way into the hearts of viewers to open their pocketbooks for the long-term rehabilitation effort in affected countries of the Indian Ocean rim. The benefit was dubbed “Canada for Asia”, geographic...
  • January 4, 2005  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    At the same time President George W. Bush was leaving Ottawa on his recent visit, Trade Minister Jim Petersen was hosting a consultation on Canada’s emerging markets strategy – effectively a discussion on how to reduce Canada’s trade dependence on the United States. China tops the list of emerging markets and there were announcements last week that Minister Petersen will lead a trade mission to...
  • November 26, 2004  |  Author: Thomas S. Axworthy
    Twenty years ago, Asia was on the move. Japan had shaken off the effects of the second OPEC oil price shock and its cars and electronic goods were flooding world markets. The Asian “Tiger economies” – South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong – were booming. China was bursting to life, discarding the legacy of Mao for the reforms and Open Door policy of its tough little leader, Deng Xiaoping....
  • October 20, 2004  |  Author: John Wiebe
    On the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Canada and Japan can look back with satisfaction on a long-standing friendship that was restored and revived, following the disruption of the war years, primarily through strong trade ties. The postwar trade partnership, which worked so well during the “miracle” years of Japanese growth, has been in decline since the collapse of Japan’s “bubble...
  • October 12, 2004  |  Author: Thomas S. Axworthy
    Twenty years ago, Asia was on the move. Japan had shaken off the effects of the second OPEC oil price shock and its cars and electronic goods were flooding world markets. The Asian “Tiger economies” – South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong – were booming. China was bursting to life, discarding the legacy of Mao for the reforms and Open Door policy of its tough little leader, Deng Xiaoping....
  • October 8, 2004  |  Author: John Wiebe
    China Minmetal Corp.’s proposed takeover of Noranda has excited a vehement negative response in the Canadian media since it was first reported last week. In these pages, Terence Corcoran and Peter Foster, reliable proponents of free markets, have made the case against acquisition. An unlikely chorus of labour leaders and corporate social responsibility proponents has joined them. Politics may...
  • July 5, 2004  |  Author: Thomas S. Axworthy
    Among the many issues that were given scant attention in the recent election campaign, foreign affairs must rank as one of the most neglected. Apart from the occasional sound-bite on military spending, the Iraq war, and missile defence, Canada’s role in the world was not part of the mainstream election debate. Perhaps it is just as well that we were not subject to political posturing on complex...
  • May 17, 2004  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    India’s stock market has been jittery the last few weeks, on news that the BJP would lead a minority government at the end of the three-month long national elections. Investors have come to associate India’s newfound economic prowess with the BJP and are fearful of a change in government. When the news broke Thursday that the BJP would not only lose its majority but would likely hand over power...

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