Emerging Voices on Asia Blog

The Emerging Voices on Asia blog is for young Canadians’ perspectives on our linkages with a changing Asia.

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Recent warnings from Malaysian oil and gas giant, Petronas, and the BC LNG alliance about the closing window of opportunity to competitively serve Asian markets should serve as a wake-up call for Canada. But maybe not for the reasons you think.  We have seen much discussion of Canada being in danger of losing it’s competitive edge in Asia due to an inability to get the hard infrastructure in place. Regulatory delays and domestic politics are often blamed. Given what is at stake for our economy and our global relevance, we can no longer get by on a...
 Greenhouse gases (GHG) prevent heat from exiting the earth’s atmosphere. As these gases build up due to natural and anthropogenic causes, they absorb more energy and contribute to the earth’s warming. For decades, countries around the world have been implementing policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from the production and use of fossil fuels within their own borders. However, when making energy import decisions, some countries are starting to take into account the volume of emissions an energy source generates from production through...
  China is ramping up its “going out” nuclear expansion plans ahead of its 13th Five Year Plan, increasingly looking to sign nuclear deals with other countries with the longer term vision of becoming a world leader in nuclear energy by 2020.   China’s Nuclear Developments in the 13th Five Year Plan (2015-2020) China aims to become a world leader in nuclear energy by 2020. China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has already commenced drafting the country’s nuclear strategy ahead of China’s 13th Five Year Plan. The strategy is expected to be...
When President Park Geun-hye of South Korea meets with Prime Minister Harper, the two will toast the imminent passage of a free trade agreement between the two countries. This is an impressive achievement as it represents Canada’s first agreement with an Asian country. There are many strong economic arguments for the trade agreement with South Korea. But trade agreements are more than simple economic strategy: they are also about picking friends in an uncertain world. On the international stage, we want friends that are admired, friendly, and democratic...
China is currently the world’s largest energy consumer. While its consumption of fossil fuels has grown rapidly over the last decade, it has also become the world leader in installed renewable energy capacity. In this interview, Dr. Wang Tao, Resident Scholar at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, discusses major developments in China’s renewable energy and environmental policies.       Dr. WANG Tao is a Resident Scholar in the Energy and Climate Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. His...

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