Category Archives: Canada

The Global Intensification of Supplementary Education

Memo #271 Featuring Julian Dierkes Recently, Ee-Seul Yoon of the Faculty of Education at UBC in coordination with the Asia Pacific Memo sat down with Dr. Julian Dierkes, Associate Professor and Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research at UBC’s Institute for Asian Research, to … Continue reading

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Posted in Asia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea | Tagged China, education, education policy, hagwon 학원, Hong Kong, hyper-education, juku 塾, Korea, sociology, supplementary education, tutoring | 1 Comment

Redback Rising: Canada’s Role in the Internationalization of the Renminbi

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #267 By Grégoire Legault - gregoire.legault [at] alumni.ubc.ca The Chinese renminbi, or “people’s currency” (人民币), has been internationalizing more rapidly than experts had previously forecast, even though the country’s capital account remains closed and … Continue reading

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Fragmentation vs. Integration in Asia in 2014: A Year for the History Books

Memo #259 By Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at] ubc.ca Dr. Tiberghien at the G-20 in St. Petersburg, Russia (September 2013). In the wake of major leadership change around East Asia, what will be the major trends in the Asia/Pacific region … Continue reading

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Best Practices Guidelines: Chinese Energy Investment In Canada

Xu Xiaojie, Director of World Energy at the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences discusses the relationship between Chinese and Canadian energy companies, and the motivations behind Chinese investment in Canada. Continue reading

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China’s Liberalizing Impact on Global Commodity Markets

Memo #195 – China played a key part in the recent collapse of the iron ore pricing regime. This was an unintended consequence of a mix of bold negotiating tactics and competing domestic interests, which made it difficult to implement a consistent international procurement policy. Chinese actions destabilized global market institutions and paradoxically caused their liberalization. Continue reading

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Upcoming Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement – Lessons Learned from Korea

Memo #192 – Canada and Japan are set to begin negotiations to develop an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on November 26th, 2012. Canada hasn’t completed a preferential trade agreement with any of its Asia Pacific partners, and Japan has yet to finalize an EPA with a G8 country. As negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Korea have entered their seventh year and as regional competitors, like Australia, are forging new trade partnerships in Asia, Canada feels pressured to assert itself in the region. If Canada can learn from the stalled Korean negotiations, the Canada-Japan EPA can become the platform to accomplish such a task. Continue reading

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Canada-China Education Projects (Video Interview with Dr. Ruth Hayhoe) (Part 2/2)

Memo #162 – In part two of our interview Dr. Hayhoe provides insight on how the next generation can learn from previous Canada-China education projects. She discusses what Canadians can gain from the Confucian tradition of education, analyzes Hong Kong’s education system in response to influences from mainland China, and shares her goals for the project. Continue reading

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Canada-China Education Projects (Video Interview with Dr. Ruth Hayhoe) (Part 1/2)

Memo #159 (Video) – In this interview, based on a lecture at The University of British Columbia in May 2012, Dr. Hayhoe reflects on the arc of previous Canada-China education projects, Canada’s legacy, and mutual learning and lessons for each state partner Continue reading

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China – Global Shipping, Coal Usage, High Speed Train Corridors (Video Interview with Dr. Claude Comtois)

Memo #155 – China is a driving force in global shipping, coal usage, and high speed train corridors. Based on a series of lectures at The University of British Columbia in February 2012, Dr. Claude Comtois argues, that in combination these three developments have enormous implications for China and the world.
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Exporting “Tough on Crime” Policy to Thailand: Harper’s Recent Visit

Memo #148 – Human smuggling and terrorism – not trade – played centre stage in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Thailand in March. Although the Thai government was eager to solicit more interest in trade during a visit that marked the 50th anniversary of Canada-Thailand relations, it was left with $7 million (CDN) for an anti-crime program and an “exploratory” talk on free trade. Continue reading

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