The Public Policy Forum, an independent non-governmental organization, recently launched a two-year consultative forum on China seeking to "convene and facilitate discussions that will provide a valuable injection of fresh ideas and understanding to shape the future of Canada's relationship with China." The forum brings together people from academia, NGOs, and from both the private and public sectors, all seeking to find a balanced approach to engagement with China that is economically beneficial and politically acceptable to Canadians. The first meeting took place in Ottawa on June 21.
China Research Partnership - June 2017 Highlights
Two of our China Research Partnership expert-members, Paul Evans from the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia, and Wendy Dobson from the Rothman School or Management at the University of Toronto, provided background papers for discussion. Paul Evans' piece focuses on public attitudes toward Canada-China relations and Wendy Dobson's looks at options for a Canada-China free trade agreement.
The China Research Partnership has been a hub of activity since the launch of the project on March 8, 2017. Here are some recent highlights:
- The Canada-China Institute for Business and Development at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto joined the China Research Partnership as an associate member.
- Both the Asia Pacific Foundation (APF Canada) and the Canada China Business Council (CCBC) released the results of their annual surveys. APF's survey looks at Canadians public opinion regarding China while CCBC's considers the challenges businesses face in expanding their activities in China.
- Phil Calvert (U of A) wrote a commentary on Canada's potential free trade agreement with China.
- Following China's summit on the Belt and Road Initiative (May 13-14), Yves Tiberghien (UBC), Eva Busza (APF Canada), and Iris Jin (APF Canada) analyzed the summit and what it means for the world and for Canada. (Belt and Road Initiative aims to boost globalization / Canada Cannot Afford to Miss the Boat on the Belt and Road). Additionally, Lynette Ong (U of T) was interviewed on CTV, commenting on the implications of this "modern Silk Road."
To keep up with developments in Canada-China research, don't forget to bookmark http://www.china-research-partnership.ca/