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  • November 17, 2014  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    It was perhaps only a matter of time before Chinese President Xi Jinping shared his idea of transforming the China dream into an ‘Asia-Pacific dream’. Xi’s announcement was timely, as the PRC’s role in the Asia-Pacific region is larger, broader, and more heavily contested than ever.President Xi made the announcement during a speech to industry leaders at the opening of the Asia Pacific Economic...
  • October 30, 2014  |  Author: Stewart Beck
    Two months after leaving India as Canada’s High Commissioner, I returned two weeks ago as part of British Columbia Premier Christy Clark’s official delegation to the country. Stepping out into the hot and humid Delhi night, everything looked the same but there was certainly a sense of change in the air: everyone from taxi drivers, to business people and politicians seem to feel a new confidence...
  • October 24, 2014  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    Asia, a major driver of global economic growth, is both a source of competitive imports but increasingly an important destination for exports for the Canadian economy, a growing market for resource-based commodities but also agri-food products, specialized manufactures, financial and other services and, potentially, energy. British Columbia sends 44 percent of its exports to Asia, the highest...
  • October 14, 2014  |  Authors: Eva Busza, Nathan Allen
    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is planning a trade mission to China this October. While the premier wants to spread the word about Ontario’s green tech sector, some of her constituents want her to cancel the trip to send a message on human rights. Critics think she should cancel the trip in solidarity with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protestors. Writing for the Toronto Sun, veteran columnist...
  • September 18, 2014  |  Author: Len Edwards
    The state visit to Canada by President Park Guen-hye on Sept. 20-22 inaugurates a major new chapter in Canada’s 50 year relationship with South Korea, headlined by the signature of the Canada-Korea free-trade agreement completed earlier this year. While the CKFTA’s direct economic benefits will be significant, and properly celebrated by both governments, its indirect impact should not be...
  • September 18, 2014  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    It took the impending visit to China by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in November to finally dislodge the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement from limbo. The Chinese ratified the agreement, signed in September 2012, almost immediately but there was a long and unexplained delay in Canada. While the important final step in bringing the agreement into force came as more...
  • September 12, 2014  |  Author: Eva Busza
    When you talk about doing business in China, most people will admit that the country potentially represents a huge and growing market full of opportunity. But virtually in the same breath, they follow up with three caveats: it’s really hard to do business there and become profitable; even if you manage to gain entry, you won’t be there long because your intellectual property will be stolen; and...
  • August 22, 2014  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    On July 29, during Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s visit to China, the Canadian Government announced that Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) had been the victim of a cyber-attack by a "highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" which had recently managed to hack into the NRC’s computer systems. Exactly when the attack occurred, or what information was compromised...
  • August 5, 2014  |  Author: Nathan Allen
    On July 22, electoral authorities announced that Joko Widodo (a.k.a. Jokowi) had won Indonesia’s presidential election. From the Canadian viewpoint, this is a favourable outcome. Unlike his rival, Prabowo Subianto, Jokowi does not have a record of human-rights violations that could impede relations between our countries, and of the two candidates, he was the most open to economic co-operation...
  • July 25, 2014  |  Authors: Douglas Goold, Amitendu Palit
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to impart new dynamism to India’s ongoing trade negotiations. Currently, trade negotiations with Europe are mostly stuck on tariffs for European cars in the Indian market, intellectual property, data security, access to government procurement markets and movement of Indian professionals to Europe. Increasing foreign equity participation to 49 per cent in...
  • July 14, 2014  |  Author: Edmund Manning
    In the global LNG industry, connections matter. The industry is underpinned by decades-long sales contracts, which secure funding for the multi-billion dollar investments required to build export facilities and all the associated up and mid-stream supply chain components. The strong relationships required to reach agreement over these incredibly valuable contracts means that personal engagement...
  • July 8, 2014  |  Author: Nathan Allen
    On July 9, Indonesian voters will choose a new president. The outcome could reverse democratic gains made in the past 15 years in the world’s fourth-most populous country. To subvert Indonesian democracy from within, an aspiring strongman must gather a coalition capable of fielding a presidential candidate, win over a majority of voters and then use power to alter Indonesia’s institutions. A...
  • June 27, 2014  |  Author: Douglas Goold
    With its wood carvings, objets d’art and pool surrounded by palm trees, it was hard to imagine a more luxurious hotel than the Shangri-La in Jakarta. When I knocked on the door of Suite 1234, a gruff John Felderhof greeted me. It was Feb. 28, 1997, and I was on assignment for The Globe and Mail. What neither of us knew was that this would be the last interview the controversial vice-president of...
  • June 17, 2014  |  Author: Eva Busza
    The impact of Asia is extending to unexpected corners of Canada. Did you know that Asia now absorbs close to 45 per cent of British Columbia’s merchandise exports and more than 13 per cent of Nova Scotia’s? Asia is a major buyer of goods from across Canada. For instance, in 2013, Asian countries bought 82 per cent of Saskatchewan peas, 87 per cent of Newfoundland’s iron and ores, and 99.7 per...
  • May 21, 2014  |  Author: Hugh Stephens
    China has a new ambassador to Canada, Luo Zhaohui, an experienced Foreign Ministry official but one with little previous exposure to Canada. Mr. Luo, 52, an up and comer in the Chinese foreign service (his previous assignment was as Director-General for Asian Affairs), has been tasked with getting the relationship with Canada back on track. His “to do” list was made clear in an interview he gave...
  • May 7, 2014  |  Author: Erin Williams
    A growing number of Canadians are coalescing around the need to be more proactive in preparing our young people to be effective and successful in dealing with Asia. The reasons speak for themselves: Asia is home to 60 per cent of global population and two of the world’s three largest economies (China and Japan). Within 15 years, China and India alone are expected to have a...
  • March 27, 2014  |  Author: Charles Aruliah
    On Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for a UN-led investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the last stages of that country’s 30-year civil war. Five years ago, Sri Lanka’s armed forces decisively defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in a brutal military showdown. The assault also resulted in the deaths...
  • March 20, 2014  |  Authors: Douglas Goold, Hugh Stephens
    As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) approaches its potential conclusion this year, other countries — including South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan — are expressing interest in becoming members. Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou had said he wanted to achieve membership by 2020 but is now pushing for earlier entry. In January he asked a group of Canadian parliamentarians, led by...
  • March 17, 2014  |  Author: Joseph Caron
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and many Japanese spokespersons, official and unofficial, have been repeating for months that “Japan is back.” Indeed, viewed from abroad, from Canada and Europe certainly, and from many parts of Asia, Japan has returned, indisputably, to global attention. But the world to which it has returned is not the one that prevailed when Japan enjoyed its great success in the...
  • March 12, 2014  |  Authors: Eva Busza, Nathan Allen
    Canada is concluding a landmark free-trade deal with South Korea. According to the government, signing an agreement with our eighth-largest trading partner will increase exports of Canadian agricultural goods and lower prices for Canadian consumers. It will provide Canadian companies the same access to South Korea enjoyed by their competitors from the United States and the European Union. Canada...

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