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Emerging Voices on Asia Blog

The Emerging Voices on Asia blog concluded in October 2014, when the National Conversation on Asia project came to an end. Click here to read the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s blog.

  As we edge closer to a new year, the APF Canada research team has put together a key list of stories to watch in Canada-Asia relations and current events in Asia. From Canada's new RMB hub, to the imminent Paris climate conference, to leadership tests in Asia’s largest democracies, here’s what we’ll be watching in 2015:       Stories in Canada: Establishing a Renminbi Hub in Canada Canada is to become the first trading hub in the Americas to trade in China’s currency, the Renminbi (RMB). The hub, which is expected to strengthen Canada’s position...
It has been a big year for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. We wrapped up the National Conversation on Asia, one of our biggest projects ever. We completed our strategic planning process, which will guide our work for the next five years. We held events across the country in cities as diverse as Halifax, Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. And we said good bye to our President and CEO of nine years, Yuen Pau Woo, and welcomed our new President and CEO, Stewart Beck.  There is one other major project we have been working on that we wanted to...
Starting today the world’s attention will be focused on Peru’s capital city where the 20th Conference of Party (COP20) is taking place. Since the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2020, heads of states and senior officials will discuss and lay out the building blocks of the new global climate regime. Lima is especially important because it is the last preparatory meeting before COP21 in Paris, where a final agreement will be reached.  The recent US-China Climate Agreement has instilled renewed hope that progress will be made at Lima on global...
On September 22, 2014, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA), cementing their commitment to greater bilateral economic integration. The completion of the CKFTA signifies a major milestone, not only in Canada-Korea relations, but also in Canada’s engagement in the Asia Pacific region. The CKFTA is considered a high-standard comprehensive preferential trade agreement, covering areas of trade in goods and services; two-way investment; government procurement;...
In recent years, the Canadian government has stated that improving relations with Asia is not just a choice or an option, but a national imperative. This prioritization of Asia has been accompanied with a strong focus on enhancing economic ties between Canada and key partners in the region. However, when we compare Canada’s trade architecture and cultural linkages with Asia to that of Australia (a similar economy in terms of size, demographics, and types of exports), we see Canada is far behind the Oceanic nation. Australia may be benefiting from a...

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