March/April Roundup: 2018 National People's Congress, Publications on Canada’s Commercial and Educational Opportunities in China, Geopolitics of Northeast Asia, FDI between Canada and China, and the Launch of a New Podcast Series

Posted On: May 7, 2018

China’s 13th National People's Congress (NPC) held its first annual session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing from March 5 to 20. The NPC, which brings together almost 3,000 delegates from all over the country, is China's national legislative body. Delegates approve major legislation and senior leaders from China’s Communist Party (CCP) give speeches allowing other countries a glimpse of the CCP’s intentions for the next few years. This year’s session had a special significance as it followed close on the heels of the once-in-five-years Party Congress of October 2017. Delegates approved various important amendments to the Constitution, the most noted one being an amendment that removes term limits for China’s President.

Commenting on the NPC’s first session and its implication for Canada, Yves Tiberghien (UBC) argued in The Globe and Mail that the changes to the Constitution “have dealt a massive blow to the institutionalization of China as a constitutional autocracy” and that Canada is in need of a “new kind of principled engagement that is much less idealistic and more strategic.”

China Research Partnership – March/April 2018 Highlights

A lot has happened at the China Research Partnership since February, here are some highlights:

New Podcasts Section

In order to keep up with the increasing number of podcasts with Canadian scholars and experts on China, the China Research Partnership created a new Podcasts section on its website. We will be hosting the newly launched podcast series by China Institute, China Matters. You can hear the first edition here, in which former Ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques discusses many questions of importance for Canada's relations with China.

Also in this new podcast section, Diana Fu (U of T) talks about her latest book, Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China, and Gordon Houlden (China Institute) discusses the U.S.-China trade war and its implications for Canada.

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