Op-Eds

  • September 27, 2018|Author: Pitman Potter
    Saudi Arabia’s reaction to statements of concern from Canada’s foreign ministry over repression of human rights activists shows a willingness to weaponize trade policy in order to secure consent to human rights abuses. This can only embolden other human rights violators like China, despite provisions of the World Trade Organization aimed at forestalling trade retaliation in response to political...
  • July 23, 2018|Author: Hugh Stephens
    Brian Lee Crowley and Sean Speer of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in their opinion piece “China is not the answer to our trade woes,” (Globe and Mail, July 20), make the case that China is not the answer to Canada’s problems with the U.S. over NAFTA. Citing well-known economic statistics they make the case that China, which currently takes only 5 per cent of Canadian exports, could never...
  • July 12, 2018|Author: Stephen R. Nagy
    On July 1, 2018 Canada announced C$16.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products, including steel and iron (25%) and a 10 per cent tariff on a long list of goods, including ketchup, detergent and aluminium. According to the Washington-based trade and economic consulting firm Trade Partnership’s March 2018 study, the impact of an ensuing trade war would reduce U.S. GDP by 0.2%, increase the...
  • June 28, 2018|Author: John Bruk
    Last week, the Canadian government rejected the $1.5-billion, Beijing-backed takeover of Canadian construction company Aecon, with Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains citing national security concerns. There were also compelling economic reasons. China's interests were not helped when, in April, China's ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, said opposing the sale to the state-owned China...
  • June 26, 2018|Author: Pitman Potter
    The current campaign by the PRC Ministry of State Security calling on people in China to beware of foreign spies should give pause to Canadians hoping for closer economic and social ties with Beijing. The propaganda campaign is yet a further step in a disturbing pattern of closing China off to the outside world. This poses a significant challenge to Canada's efforts to build a partnership with...
  • June 25, 2018|Author: Stewart Beck
    As Canadians, we're proud of the regulatory processes that our government has in place; the system of checks-and-balances is well-established and respected. That said, it was discouraging this week to see Ottawa invoke national security as a pretext to blocking China Communications Construction Co.'s $1.5-billion bid to buy Toronto-based construction company Aecon Group Inc. The move will likely...
  • June 10, 2018|Author: Vietnam News Agency
    Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 44th G7 summit in Quebec. | Courtesy Vietnam News Agency The following is an interview with Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the conclusion of the 44th G7 summit held on June 8–9, 2018, in La Malbaie, Quebec. The interview was conducted exclusively for APF Canada by Vietnam News Agency, a governmental agency and the official state news...
  • June 5, 2018|Author: Stewart Beck
    The conversation around state-owned enterprises (SOEs) captures media attention in Canada. Most recently, the Chinese ambassador to Canada was quoted in a major Canadian daily calling it "immoral" for Canadians to oppose takeovers of their companies by Chinese government-controlled businesses, and further decrying national security scrutiny of these acquisitions. 'Immoral' is a strong word, and...
  • June 4, 2018|Author: Elizabeth McIninch
    Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (R) and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet for talks at the Presidential Place in Hanoi on November 8, 2017. | Photo: Thống Nhất/Vietnam News Agency As Canada prepares for the 2018 G7 Summit, all eyes are focused on the picturesque region of Charlevoix, Quebec where the leaders of the industrialized world will gather June 8-9. Canada, which...
  • May 23, 2018|Author: Stephen R. Nagy
    On April 30, the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, Global Times, released a damning op-ed, titled “Canada must adopt holistic China policy.” It managed to denigrate all immigrant Canadians by suggesting that Senator Thanh Hai Ngo’s criticisms of China for its assertive behaviour in the South China Sea were linked to his ethnicity. It didn’t consider that his criticisms could instead be due to...
  • May 11, 2018|Author: Hugh Stephens
    After trashing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during his election campaign, and following through on his election promise to withdraw the United States from the pact right after taking office, Donald Trump is now musing about having the US rejoin what is currently called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership  (CPTPP). Following the US withdrawal, the...
  • May 11, 2018|Author: Stewart Beck
    China’s growing economic and political influence continues to dominate the news, and Canada has certainly been paying attention. Now it’s time to move past the “China-is-rising” narrative and start to build on our history of co-operation – which dates back to 1942, when Canada sent its first ambassador to pre-Communist China. One of the strongest ways we can strengthen our ties is through...
  • May 11, 2018|Author: Deanna Horton
    The looming trade war between the United States and China – potential tariffs have so far only been announced – may never happen, but it is the type of brinkmanship that neither country needs, nor does the rest of the world, for that matter. The world trading system may be caught in the crossfire. And sadly, it won't really help those who may blame China for all their economic woes. There is no...
  • April 17, 2018|Author: Yves Tiberghien
    The removal of presidential term limits – and the erosion of similar norms on the more important titles of Communist Party general secretary and chairman of Military Commission – have dealt a massive blow to the institutionalization of China as a constitutional autocracy. Additional changes enshrining the "leadership of the Communist Party" as "the defining feature of socialism with Chinese...
  • April 16, 2018|Author: Ito Peng
    We have witnessed over the last couple of weeks a surge of conversations and activities across Canada and beyond around the issue of gender equality. Along with the federal government's 2018 budget highlighting pay equity and expanded parental leave, many other events have taken place since the beginning of March, including those that marked International Women's Day and the latest session of the...
  • March 19, 2018|Author: Kevin Lynch
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used his speech at the World Economic Forum 2018 annual meeting in Davos, eastern Switzerland on January 23, 2018 to reaffirm Canada’s leadership on the issue of gender equality, both at home and at the upcoming G7 meeting, which Canada will chair.  |  Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images  After Xi Jinping's victory lap at last year's World...
  • March 1, 2018|Author: Dominic Barton
    What a difference a year makes. At last year’s meeting of the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council (ABLAC), fears about the backlash against globalization and the election of new populist leaders with protectionist tendencies cast a pall over the discussions. Now, as ABLAC’s Asian and Canadian members prepare to meet in Toronto on March 2nd to discuss ways to strengthen economic connections,...
  • February 21, 2018|Author: Joseph Caron
    Canada’s engagement in Asia dates back to Confederation. Reaching Asia was one of the notable reasons we built the Canadian Pacific Railway. We didn’t use these words at the time but our “geopolitical” partners—those who helped set the parameters of our relations—included Britain, the United States, and Commonwealth countries, notably India and Australia. We should now add Japan and its...
  • February 18, 2018|Author: Sebastian Murdoch-Gibson
    It's Nov. 20, 1983. Across North America, children are up past their bedtimes with their parents, glued to the TV set. Of an estimated 100 million television viewers — 10 times the number of people who tuned in for The Voice's season 1 finale — most stay up past the "main event" to watch former secretaries of the U.S. government debate nuclear policy with astronomer Carl Sagan. ABC and other...
  • February 17, 2018|Author: Hugh Stephens
    Canada-Japan relations are at a low ebb politically and need to be rescued by urgent and decisive action. One of our largest trading relationships has been put at risk by the perceived snub offered to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vietnam in November when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau missed a scheduled press conference intended to announce that Canada, Japan and nine other Trans-Pacific...

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