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  • September 26, 2015|Authors: Yves Tiberghien, Wang Yong
    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday meets with President Barack Obama at the White House. The meeting of the leaders of the world’s two largest economies is crucial for both countries, for Canada and for the world. China-U.S. relations are being buffeted by issues such as cybersecurity and the growing strategic rivalry between the established superpower and the rising power. Complex...
  • September 25, 2015|Author: Stewart Beck
    China’s response to its recent stock market crash has been described as fumbling or clumsy, with many in the Western media deriding Chinese policy-makers as inept and accusing them of completely losing control, making the market uninvestable. Some have gone even further, describing a country in the midst of a financial meltdown and reeling from an exodus of investment and export flows to Asia’s...
  • August 26, 2015|Author: Yves Tiberghien
    What is the significance of China’s surprise devaluation of the renminbi and the subsequent shockwaves across foreign exchange markets, stock markets and commodity markets. After a string of bad economic results at the weekend, China's central bank has devalued its currency, the yuan, by two per cent. Beijing says it's a move toward currency reform, but many simply see it as a way of protecting...
  • August 20, 2015|Author: Hugh Stephens
    Every year for more than a decade, the Vancouver-based Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC), has conducted its National Opinion Poll on the attitude of Canadians towards Asia. In 2014, the Foundation had to do some heavy soul-searching in the face of what appeared to be growing negative views about Asia and its importance to Canada, despite the country’s increasing trade and investment with...
  • August 5, 2015|Authors: Eva Busza, Heather Kincaide
    On July 17, Canada’s premiers released the Canadian Energy Strategy following the Council of the Federation meeting in St. John’s, Nfld. Among the many actions outlined in the strategy, the provinces and territories have committed to encouraging the development of energy technology that makes the production and use of energy cleaner and more efficient. While the types of domestic cooperation...
  • July 29, 2015|Author: Stewart Beck
    In his bestseller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, author Michael Lewis quotes Bill James, arguably the key disruptor of traditional baseball thinking: “If you challenge conventional wisdom, you will find ways to do things much better than they are currently done.” Canada is at a pivot point with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and we will be forced to challenge conventional wisdom...
  • June 25, 2015|Author: Hugh Stephens
    An interesting meeting took place in Toronto this month: ABAC came to town. While it barely registers on the radar of most Canadian businesses, the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Advisory Council is fast becoming one of the premier business councils in the Asia Pacific region. APEC itself is made up of 21 countries and represents 2.8 billion people, 57 per cent of the world's...
  • June 12, 2015|Author: Kasi Rao
    When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down in Ottawa in mid-April, it represented a landmark moment in the Canada-India relationship. While past visits to Canada by Indian Prime Ministers have been multilateral in nature, like Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit in 2010 at the time of the G-20 meetings, PM Modi's bilateral visit was the first in over four decades and occurred within the first...
  • May 16, 2015|Author: Yves Tiberghien
    Canada's relationship with Southeast Asia is critical for the future of British Columbia's and the nation's economy. Vancouver recently played host to a dialogue with this next giant of Asia, where that relationship was hopefully improved as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held its 12th senior officials meeting with Canadian government representatives. It is a mistake to under-...
  • May 13, 2015|Author: Joseph Caron
    Japanese Prime Minister Abe's three-day visit to Washington will be seen as one of the more consequential diplomatic events of 2015. Its results, in matters of defence, measurably expand the effective scope of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, both substantively and geographically. It is a reset that is imposed by new geopolitical realities, and thus deserves a great deal...
  • May 6, 2015|Author: Eva Busza
    When it comes to Asia the adage is true: Canada can be considered a trading nation, but not a nation of traders. Less than one per cent of small and medium-sized businesses in Canada export to Asia. Some argue that by their very nature, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are too small to penetrate Asia's many large and diverse markets. However, as Canadian SMEs make up the backbone of our...
  • May 5, 2015|Author: Hugh Stephens
    Philippines President Benigno Aquino will make an official visit to Canada May 7 to 9. After stopping in Ottawa, he will visit Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, all cities with sizeable Philippine communities. The visit could not be more timely. This year the Republic of the Philippines chairs the annual APEC process and will play host to the APEC summit in Manila in November. Canada, also an APEC...
  • April 22, 2015|Author: Stewart Beck
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s whirlwind visit to Canada last week—the first bilateral visit by an Indian prime minister in 42 years—saw the completion of several memoranda of understanding in a range of areas, including civil aviation, rail regulation, space co-operation, education and health. And while the three-day visit to Ottawa, Toronto and Ontario resulted in a number of key initiatives...
  • April 21, 2015|Author: Arvind Gupta
    China is opening its doors to meaningful two-way engagement at an unprecedented level. That may be a sweeping statement, but on my fifth trip (April 2-12), and my first as president of UBC, this impression seemed undeniable. Our delegation, which for part of the trip included B.C. Minister for Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson, was greeted everywhere with enthusiasm and a palpable sense of...
  • April 15, 2015|Author: Stewart Beck
    At a recent meeting of Indian provincial environment and forestry ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that nuclear energy will play a critical role in helping the country to meet both its energy security and climate change mitigation goals. He stressed the need for developed countries to help India increase its nuclear energy production capacity by making nuclear fuels readily available...
  • April 13, 2015|Authors: Vivek Dehejia, Rupa Subramanya
    For the first time in more than 40 years, a sitting prime minister of India will make an official visit to Canada this month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party that he heads won a landslide election in May 2014, ousting the centre-left Congress party and giving India its most business-friendly government in a decade: one committed to boosting growth, creating jobs, and...
  • April 13, 2015|Author: Saumitra Chaudhuri
    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Canada this month. He will be visiting Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver in the first bilateral visit in four decades (though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in Toronto in 2010 for the G20 summit). Since Prime Minister Harper's visit to India in November 2012, there has been a significant change in relations between Canada and India. Still,...
  • April 7, 2015|Author: Douglas Goold
    Canada should take full advantage of the just-announced visit to Canada by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a political rock star who is arguably the most important Indian leader in a generation. Modi will be visiting Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver from April 14 to 16 for what is, remarkably, the first bilateral visit of an Indian prime minister since Indira Gandhi's trip in 1973. The 8,000...
  • March 31, 2015|Author: Yves Tiberghien
    The announcement March 12 that the UK would join the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) ignited an intense debate around the world and in Canada. Luxembourg preceded the UK on March 11, Switzerland followed on March 13. France, Germany, Italy joined the movement on March 16. Since then, Austria, Turkey, and South Korea have committed to join the Bank and Australia has given...
  • March 19, 2015|Author: Stewart Beck
    When Canadians think of economic opportunities in Asia, most think of emerging economies with impressive projected growth rates and large GDPs, like China and India, or of more established economies, like Japan or Korea.  What most of us don’t think of is a group of economies in Southeast Asia known as the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). While the growth rate of China is...

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