An Assessment of 50 years of Canada China Relations

Project Description

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and China. Now that the relationship is at its lowest ebb since 1970, Canada can neither decouple from this relationship nor take a ‘business-as-usual’ approach that ignores the new realities of China’s international behavior and domestic practices.

The CIC has offered to host an article series commissioned by the China Policy Centre, in cooperation with the University of Alberta’s China Institute, and the support of Global Affairs Canada (which has no editorial control over content).

Sub Themes

Canada-China relations before 1970

· Xi Jinping’s foreign policy and where Canada fits in

· Current themes and future outcomes in diplomatic relations

· Human rights and rule of law

· Economic and commercial relations

· Science and technology—risks, opportunities and policy options

· Environment and climate change

· The Taiwan challenge and the future of Canada-Taiwan relations

· Hong Kong and its implications for Canada

· Public opinion and social forces

· Security challenges


John Gruetzner
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John Gruetzner founded Intercedent, a business advisory firm in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Singapore. After returning to Canada this year after 38 years in China, he now serves as the Senior Vice President for Global Markets for Syngrafii. He sits also on several public and private sector boards. He lectures in business schools and writes on business issues in China. He is one of the 24 founders of the China Policy Centre. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto and studied Chinese language at the University of Nankai in 1982.

Philip Calvert
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Philip Calvert is a Senior Fellow with the China Institute of the University of Alberta and a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria. He served in Beijing as a Trade Commissioner (1984-87), Economic Counsellor (1994-1997) and Minister & Deputy Head of Mission (2004-2008). In Global Affairs Canada he served as Director General for North Asia, Deputy Chief Negotiator for Canada during China’s accession to the WTO and as Director of the Technical Barriers to Trade Division. Most recently he spent 2012-2016 as Canada’s ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. He has a Ph.D. in Chinese History from the University of Washington.

The China Policy Centre
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The China Policy Centre is a member-driven, not-for-profit, federally incorporated organization comprised of over 150 Canadians who have a combined total of three millennia of direct professional experience in dealing with China as private sector, academic, civil society, and ex-Government actors.

The China Institute
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The China Institute (CIUA) is focused on the study of contemporary China, including cutting-edge and policy relevant research on Chinese energy policy, politics, economy, social issues, culture and Canada-China relations. The CIUA’s mission is to advance scholarship of China at the University of Alberta, to enhance and support research on China, and to promote strong academic linkages between the University of Alberta and Chinese universities.