Emerging Voices on Asia Blog

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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...
Canada is the world’s sixth-largest oil producer and third-largest natural gas producer. However, key Asian energy markets—China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea — currently represent a small proportion of our energy exports. Data from Industry Canada shows that over the past decade the value of energy exports to Asia ranged from 1% to 5% of our total annual energy shipped to international markets. Conversely, the U.S. has consistently been the principal destination for Canada’s energy, accounting for an average of 93.7% of our energy exports...
Thailand’s military coup has recently prompted a period of diplomatic reorientation. As Western countries distance themselves from the military government, Thailand has been busy courting regional allies. Now that its elected government has been toppled, Thailand is finding common interests with authoritarian regimes. Relations with China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam have warmed in the past couple months. But the honeymoon won’t last. Old disputes and rivalries will work to prevent unity among Asia’s authoritarian states. How Thailand’s coup was...
Rising living standards and rapid urbanization rates have led to significant increases in the consumption and production of meat in China. According to recent estimates, the average Chinese person now consumes 60kg of meat per year –more than 20 times the average consumption rate 50 years ago. This dramatic increase has substantial consequences for global trade, Canadian agriculture, and the environment. Until recently, the Chinese population obtained only 10% of its calories from animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs, with 90% coming from...

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