October was marked by the convening in Beijing of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The previous National Congress, held in 2012, was a major turning point for China. Held every five years, this week-long and highly-anticipated event concluded on October 24. In anticipation of the 2017 Party Congress, the China Research Partnership held its first Interview Series on this major event. We asked experts from our partner institutions a series of questions on the Congress itself, and on its importance for Canada.
The CRP Interview Series is a new initiative to facilitate original discussion on China in Canada and to foster co-operation among partner institutions. Our China experts will be interviewed from time to time on “hot topics” about China.
Beyond the Congress in Beijing, it was a busy month 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, and their experts also published on different topics. Here are some highlights from October:
- Paul Evans and Xiaojun Li (UBC) released a report on Canadian public attitudes on China. The authors found signs of growing public support for deeper economic relations and partnerships with China combined with significant anxiety about greater Chinese military activities and its expanding presence inside Canada. The report’s results were quoted in various media articles and Evans and Li also published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail summarizing their findings.
- In order to give Canadian exporters and investors a more leveled playing field when it comes to operating in the Chinese market, Hugh Stephens argues in an article published in Inside Policy that Canada should push for better IP protection in a free trade agreements with China.
- Professor Lynette Ong (UofT) moderated an academic discussion on October 18 at the The Munk school of Global Affairs on future of the Chinese Communist Party.
- Professor Amy Hanser (UBC) gave a talk in Vancouver on October 24 on the emerging culture of intensive mothering among middle-class urban Chinese women.
- The China Institute at the University of Alberta held its 5th Maritime Security Forum on October 26-27, 2017 to discuss maritime security concerns in the South China Sea and the Arctic.
- Stay tuned for the One Belt One Road Conference to be held in Toronto on November 7 and co-organized by the Canada China Institute of Business and Development. Registration has reopened for additional seats, hurry up while it lasts!
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