Canada must diversify its relationships in the region to avoid over-dependence on China or getting stuck in the role of junior partner to the United States.
Hugh Stephens / @HughPrincipal
Distinguished fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and executive fellow at the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary
Hugh Stephens is vice chair of the Canadian Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation, a distinguished fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and executive fellow at the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary. He is a former president of the Victoria branch of the Canadian International Council.
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With the detention of two Canadians in China, Canada is
squarely caught in a China-US trade dispute. Is there much it can do?
The Liberal government’s attempts to make trade
more inclusive hit a wall this week in Beijing. Hugh Stephens breaks down the
idea of ‘progressive trade’ and asks whether it is worth its weight in
After a confusing week at the APEC Summit, Hugh
Stephens breaks down Canada’s strategic ‘Da Nang Moment’ and what’s next for
the revised Trans Pacific Partnership.
Climate change may be
opening up northern sea routes, but implications for global shipping may be
less advantageous than for Canada’s relations with Asia.
Pierre Trudeau considered the development of Canadian-Chinese relations imperative while in government. Will Justin Trudeau take a similar approach?
Canada may never be able to match Australia’s Asia-Pacific strategy, but there is much we can learn from them, argues Hugh Stephens.
Hugh Stephens on the benefits of a stronger trade relationship with Asia, especially for Canada’s West Coast.
The foreign investment agreement is a real gain for Canadian companies seeking to go global, says Hugh Stephens.
While there has been plenty of criticism of the trade deal, little of it holds up on close inspection, argues Hugh Stephens.
It’s time to rationally address the opportunities and policy challenges that Chinese State-owned enterprises in Canada present, says Hugh Stephens.
As Chinese investment in Canada grows, we should take care not to repeat the mistakes of the past says Hugh Stephens.
Let’s think outside the box for a minute. Maybe the best candidate for Canada would be the most extreme and non-mainstream of the Republican candidates (Rick Santorum? Ron Paul?)— because this will assure an Obama victory! Although the Republicans have always been more pro-free trade, the current obsession of elements of the party with isolationism, […]
Hilary Clinton has called the 21st century “America’s Pacific Century”. She notes that “harnessing Asia’s growth and dynamism is central to American economic and strategic interests and a key priority…. Open markets in Asia provide the United States with unprecedented opportunities for investment, trade, and access to cutting-edge technology. Our economic recovery at home will […]
Yes, more attention will now be paid to the Northern Gateway (by the media and others) but let us not confuse “attention” for “action”. Given the vocal interests on both sides, President Obama has done the smart thing politically by kicking the Keystone can down the road to past the 2012 Presidential election. He can’t […]
The question presupposes that the G20 CAN save the Euro zone. It can’t, although it can make the situation worse by inaction. Unfortunately at this point in its existence, the G20 has little cohesion and is more of an episodic “crisis management” event than an institution that can really do anything substantive. Any substantive response […]