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  • June 21, 2016|Author: Hugh Stephens
    Tsai Ing-wen, the democratically elected representative of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, was sworn in May 20 as President of the self-styled Republic of China, known to almost everyone as Taiwan. Her inauguration speech laid out her domestic economic and social agenda, but also included an important "gesture of goodwill" to China by indirectly acknowledging the basis for...
  • June 21, 2016|Author: Yves Tiberghien
    For nearly a decade now, the Canadian debate on China has been narrowly couched as a battle between necessary trade and fundamental human and environmental rights. Should we enter into a Faustian bargain, selling our soul to scrape together uncertain economic benefits? As the nation struggles to solve a conundrum of its own making, we are becoming bystanders to some of the greatest changes in...
  • June 7, 2016|Authors: Hugh Stephens, Deanna Horton
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to Japan this week is important and timely. Japan is a key trading and investment partner, and one toward which Canadians have a very positive view. Canada has much to gain from an enhanced focus on Japan—despite its economic slowdown, Japan is still an advanced market for technologies and energy, and a global leader in automotive design and production....
  • May 10, 2016|Author: Luo Zhaohui
    The following is a guest editorial from China's Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Luo Zhaohui China is the homeland of tea. Nearly all the words for tea worldwide are pronounced in two ways: cha or te. In the Han Dynasty some 2,000 years ago, Chinese tea was introduced to West Asia and Europe through Central Asia via the land Silk Road. The place of departure was Chang'an (an ancient capital of more...
  • April 28, 2016|Author: Stewart Beck
    In the coming decades Atlantic Canada’s business and trade strategies will be under considerable pressure to accommodate the global political and economic shift from the West to the East. By 2030, Asia will account for 53 per cent of the world’s population, 50 per cent of the world’s GDP, 64 per cent of the global middle class, and over 40 per cent of global middle-class consumption. And the...
  • April 11, 2016|Authors: Hugh Stephens, Charles Krusekopf
    We hear a lot of talk these days about the need for Canada to re-engage with Asia and to become more aware of the opportunities Asia offers in business. One element of this is the need to strengthen the Asia competencies of Canadians by introducing them to the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the Far East. We recently returned from a field residency in China and Korea under the...
  • April 4, 2016|Author: Stewart Beck
    Appearing like a basket brimming with billion-dollar Easter eggs, Canada’s bold new federal budget arrived this week with the promise of $290 billion in stimulus spending rising to $323 billion five years out. This is ambitious and understandably has a domestic focus. However, we should use this opportunity to take a step back from the tried-and-true stimulus formulae and think strategically...
  • March 13, 2016|Author: Stewart Beck
    When Asia’s senior business leaders gather today with their Canadian counterparts under the living roof of Vancouver’s Convention Centre, they will pause at length to admire the West Coast intersection of clean sea, fresh air and pristine mountains, and remark on the stunning natural beauty of our Asia-Pacific port. And while there is much value attached to Canada’s youthful good looks, it will...
  • February 29, 2016|Author: Pitman B. Potter
    The importance of China to Canada's prosperity cannot be overstated, and yet it is often underappreciated. As Canada's second largest trading partner and an increasingly important investor in our country, China's economic importance to Canada is critical. Yet Canadian concerns over China's human rights violations, corruption and inadequate compliance with international and domestic law have...
  • February 9, 2016|Author: Hugh Stephens
    Since the landslide election of Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) as President of Taiwan on January 16, and the concurrent sweep of the legislature by the DPP to win 68 of 113 seats, there has been much coverage and commentary on the vibrancy of Taiwan’s democracy, the possible reaction of Beijing, and the implications for Canadian policy. Commentaries asking whether the Trudeau...
  • February 5, 2016|Authors: Stewart Beck, Saumitra Chaudhuri
    Now is the time for Canada to capitalize on its renewed relationship with India India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power on the promise of honest government, effective administration, and urgent economic reform. Nineteen months later the headlines of victory have given way to the realities of governing the world’s fourth-largest economy and its most-populous democracy. Modi’s visit...
  • February 3, 2016|Author: Stewart Beck
    While Canadians politely deliberate the importance of Asia, our international partners have been aggressively building ties and vying to secure prosperous relations in the region. If Canada wants to remain politically relevant and secure its own economic future in a more Asia-centric world, deeper engagement with Asia is a must. The rise of Asia marks one of the defining shifts of the 21st...
  • January 15, 2016|Authors: Hugh Stephens, Yves Tiberghien
    This week’s meltdown in China has generated understandable concern. The world’s second-largest economy faces significant market turmoil: Should we be concerned? Yes. Should we panic? No, although there is a risk that panicky behaviour could spread to markets outside China. China’s volatile stock market is not a proxy for its economy; in fact, there is considerable discrepancy between economic...
  • January 11, 2016|Authors: Kevin Lynch, Tiff Macklem, Daniel Trefler
    One fairly safe prediction for 2016 is that the public debate in Canada over the merits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will get louder and messier. Part of the reason for this is unfortunate but understandable: an agreement negotiated largely in secret, with little involvement of the business community in identifying trade opportunities and risks, and signed by our former government during an...
  • January 7, 2016|Author: Hugh Stephens
    When Pierre-Elliott Trudeau was elected prime minister of Canada in June of 1968, one of his prime foreign policy objectives was to establish diplomatic relations between Canada and the Peoples’ Republic of China, and in the process contribute to the closer integration of China into the international world order. This initiative led to more than 30 years of flourishing Canada-China relations...
  • January 6, 2016|Author: Joseph Caron
    It’s time to reset Canada’s relations with China. Canada has always been actively and positively open to the world, because it must. For the past half-century, China has taken its place among our most important international partners, and has become central to our foreign policy. John Diefenbaker expanded trade and opened the immigration doors to China, Pierre Trudeau established diplomatic...
  • December 21, 2015|Author: Hugh Stephens
    The election in Canada of a majority Liberal government on October 19 headed by 43-year old Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has engendered a sense of anticipation regarding a more activist role for Canada internationally. For Canada-China relations, the assumption of power by Trudeau fils provides a new opportunity to re-energize the bilateral relationship. It was Trudeau’s father, Pierre-Elliott...
  • November 23, 2015|Author: Hugh Stephens
    The newly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that the Liberal Government has inherited from its Conservative predecessors is coming under increasing scrutiny. Among the many areas that will be examined is Chapter 18, where the Intellectual Property (IP) provisions of the Agreement are outlined. (TPP IP Chapter). IP is one of the areas where the anti-TPP forces have focused much of their...
  • November 19, 2015|Author: Stewart Beck
    This week, the annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum – APEC – will be held in Manila. Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could not ask for a better opportunity to refresh Canada’s relationship with Asia than this high-profile meeting of regional leaders. Despite being a “Pacific nation,” with about 60 per cent of all new immigration originating in Asia and...
  • November 17, 2015|Author: Yves Tiberghien
    Like the G-20 summit last year in Brisbane, Australia, the upcoming gathering Nov. 15-16 in Antalya, Turkey will be remembered for keeping the grouping of the world's largest economies alive rather than for any transformative outcomes. The next summit should be altogether different. With uncertainties growing about global growth and China's economic rebalancing, the stakes will be high. However...

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