On Wednesday November 17, The Institute for Peace and Diplomacy hosted a panel titled, “Calculating the Relationship: China’s Economic Impact on Canada” as part of its inaugural East Asia Strategy Forum (EASF 2021). The discussion can be watched on our YouTube channel.
With pending trading disputes and the trajectory of Canada’s commercial ties with China unclear, the Canada China Business Council has recently published two reports to quantify the value of the economic relationship and to understand the business climate. How deep are linkages between both economies, and how have they weathered the pandemic and political difficulties in recent years?
This session featured a presentation by Sarah Kutulakos, Executive Director of Canada China Business Council (CCBC), about two recent studies: ‘China’s Economic Impact on Canada: Trade, Investment, and Immigration’ as well as the ‘Canada-China Business Survey 2020-2021.’ Following Sarah’s presentation, panelists engaged in a moderated discussion to examine the breadth and depth of the Canada-China economic relationship and its implications for Canadian jobs, future growth, and the national interest. The speakers also discussed the challenges ahead for business with China and discuss the potential restrictions and risks that the business community should be prepared to tolerate in dealing with China.
- Sarah Kutulakos: Executive Director, Canada China Business Council (CCBC)
- Yanling Wang: Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director of Ph.D Program at Carleton University; former consultant at World Bank
- Carlo Dade: Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation
- Jia Wang: Interim Director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta