Conversations That Matter: Did We Miss Out on Asia?

This week's Conversation That Matters features Stewart Beck of the Asia Pacific Foundation on the opportunities that Donald Trump's isolationist and anti-trade rhetoric aimed at Asia present to Canada.

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Did we squander the endowment that was created in 1970 by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau when Canada was the first western nation to recognize the government of the People's Republic of China?

Many experts believe Canada relied too heavily on our relationship with the United States and, in doing so, missed out on China and Asia. Australia recognized the opportunities and negotiated trade deals with both China and Japan while Canada did little or nothing.

The question is, does a unique opportunity to distinguish ourselves from the United States exist now that Donald Trump sits in the President's chair in the White House?

What are we doing to seize that opportunity and use it to our advantage in international relations? How should we move forward to take part in Asian markets, where previously we've failed to rise to the occasion? In particular, what is our nation's plan for recognizing and moving in on opportunities in Asia Pacific: an economic region that is called home to 65 per cent of the world's population.

Conversations That Matter is a partner program with the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. Join veteran Broadcaster Stuart McNish each week for these important and engaging Conversations shaping our future.

This video interview first appeared in The Vancouver Sun on June 2, 2017.