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.

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...
La mission du Québec en Chine vient de prendre fin. Dirigée par le premier ministre Philippe Couillard, la délégation québécoise s’est arrêtée dans les villes de Shanghai et Beijing, de même que dans la province du Shandong, la province sœur du Québec. À Shanghai et au Shandong, le premier ministre a eu plusieurs rencontres avec des dirigeants chinois, et plusieurs réunions d’affaires organisées entre les entreprises québécoises accompagnant le premier ministre et des potentiels partenaires chinois ont été facilitées. Ces rencontres ont notamment...
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...

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