The highlight of Canada-China relations in December was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to China. China is of critical importance to Canada, and maintaining a balanced relationship with the Middle Kingdom is a continuing objective of the Canadian government. Ahead of this important visit, the China Research Partnership hosted its second Interview Series. We asked CRP experts to weigh in on three questions: 1) How should the Canadian government proceed to ‘get China right’?; 2) Should Canada launch free trade negotiations with China?; and, 3) What is at stake for Canada in the U.S.-China relationship? Phil Calvert (U of A), Joseph Caron (UBC), and Hugh Stephens (APF Canada) participated in this second Interview Series on Canada-China relations. You can read their commentaries here.
The Prime Minister’s China visit also led to many articles published by CRP’s experts. Here are a few examples, click here for the complete list of publications.
- Robin Sears (CCBC) explained in the Toronto Star that even though Canada did not sign a trade deal with China during the PM’s visit, the trip should not be considered a failure as Canada is playing the long game with China.
- Pitman Potter (UBC) argued in The Ottawa Citizen that while there are concerns about China’s compliance with other trade agreements, “consistent and rigorous monitoring and enforcement can begin to provide greater certainty and fairness to trade relations.’’
- Hugh Stephens (APF Canada) published various analysis following the Prime Minister’s visit in iPolitics, China-US Focus, and Canada International Council’s Open Canada.
Beyond the Prime Minister’s visit, it was a busy few weeks at the China Research Partnership: Our partner organizations hosted various events related to China’s economic, political, social, and cultural development, and Canada-China relations. Experts also published on a variety of related topics. Here are some highlights:
- In November, the APF Canada released the results of its latest National Opinion Poll. It showed that Canadians have a China-centric mental image of Asia, and also exposed important differences in opinion between age groups. For example, Millennials (aged 18-34) are more positive about Asia in general and more engaged with Asia than Canadians aged 35+.
- Based on these survey results, Eva Busza (APF Canada) and Yushu Zhu (APF Canada) explained in The Globe and Mail why the Canadian government should more fully consider the opinions of young Canadians who will play an integral part in Canada’s future, and its pivot to Asia. They argued that “Millennials are quite likely to support a Canadian pivot toward Asia, and the government’s negotiation of more open trade agreements with China and the economies of ASEAN.”
- In addition, both APF Canada and the China Institute at the University of Alberta launched a Track II dialogue with Chinese counterparts and held their first meeting in Beijing. APF Canada’s dialogue focuses on energy, while the China Institute’s looks more broadly into the future development of Canada-China relations.
- Diana Fu’s (U of T) new book published at Cambridge University Press, Mobilizing Without the Masses, explores how state repression is deployed on the ground in China and how it affects political mobilization.
- Xiaojun Li (UBC) and his colleague Adam Y Liu explored the relationship between political tensions and economic relations between China and Japan in an article published in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific.
Stay tuned for more activities and events on China coming in January, and don’t forget to bookmark www.china-research-partnership.ca and to follow us on Twitter @ChinaResearchP to keep up with developments in Canada-China research.