September Roundup: CCBC’s Annual General Assembly, and Publications on Chinese and American Perceptions of Global Leadership, China's Civil Society, Canada-China FTA, and more...

Posted On: October 1, 2017

The Canada China Business Council held its 39th Annual General Meeting Policy Conference in Toronto on September 21, 2017. The Policy Conference was opened by Lu Shaye, the Honourable John McCallum, and John Tory. Throughout the daylong event, various distinguished panellists from Canada and China offered their insights and observations about business opportunities and possible obstacles facing bilateral trade and investment. Different sectoral breakout sessions were also held on topics such as the internationalization of Chinese companies, market opportunities in China, Chinese investment in Canada, China’s digital economy, strategies for micro, small and medium enterprises to successfully enter the Chinese market, and the strategic plans of Canadian universities.

In the evening, Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, also presented the Canadian government's direction for trade and investment with China.

It was the first time in five years that CCBC held its AGM and Policy Conference in Canada.

China Research Partnership - September 2017 Publication Highlights

A lot happened at the China Research Partnership since the last monthly summary was released in early August: 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 recent highlights:

Xiaojun Li, from the Institute of Asian Research at UBC co-published an article in the Chinese Political Science Review on the Chinese and American publics’ perceptions and views on international leadership in the Trump era. Based on survey results, the study sheds light on how ordinary citizens in these two countries perceive global leadership and how their views contrast with conventional wisdom.

Yushu Zhu and Eva Busza from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada released a blog on the driving force behind Canadian public attitudes toward a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. The authors’ statistical analysis shows that economic considerations, specifically the belief that expanded trade with China will lead to an influx of cheap Chinese goods, are the most important factors shaping Canadians’ attitudes towards an FTA with China. Other considerations, such as concerns about political/cultural differences, appear to influence attitudes towards an FTA with China but seemed to carry significantly less weight.

Diana Fu from the Munk School of Global Affairs at UofT published an article in Foreign Affairs on the evolution of civil society and grassroot activism in China.

The China Institute at the University of Alberta released a blog on China’s space program and its lunar ambitions and APF Canada released another on China’s bicycle sharing scheme.

Maclean’s magazine published an article on the hidden risks of opening trade with China. The article, quoting many of our experts, provides various perspectives and highlights on how crucial the next few years will be for shaping Canada-China relations.

Stay tuned for the launch of our new Interview Series! These interviews will bring together the views of different experts on topics of interest for Canadians related to China’s politics, society, economy, and foreign policy. The first interview will be released in mid-October and will focus on the forthcoming 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

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