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The Canada-China Relationship: formulating an agenda on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

December 5, 2019 at 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Location:2017 Dunton Tower
Key Contact:Jeremy Paltiel

8:30am – noon + lunch and discussion

Jeremy Paltiel, Carleton University
Kim Nossal, Queens University
Pascale Massot, University of Ottawa
Wenran Jiang, UBC
John Gruetzner, China Policy Centre
Amy Karam, Carleton University

Open to the pubic and media

Canada-China relations have experienced the most difficult year in 2019 following the detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou by the Canadian authorities at the request of the US government, and the subsequent arrest of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor by the Chinese security agencies. Since our initial gathering of a group of Canada’s leading China experts in June, there have been a federal election and a new cabinet in a minority government led by the Liberals, newly appointed ambassadors of both countries arrived in their respective capitals, and the lifting of a temporary ban of Canadian pork and beef by the Chinese government.

Given that next year will be the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Canada-China diplomatic relationship, this second meeting, also in Ottawa, will continue to explore some of the issues discussed in June but will focus on the following pressing questions:

  • What should be the China priorities of the new government?
  • What are the chances the cases of Meng Wanzhou and the “Two Michaels” be resolved in the near term?
  • What is the Canadian public mood on China and the bilateral relationship? Is the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties an opportunity to improve relations?
  • What roles do the media, academic community and the business groups play in improving bilateral ties?
  • Will Canada face a difficult decision on whether to allow Huawei to participate in Canada’s 5G-network infrastructure?